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Telangana AG defends rummy ban ordinance, arguments to continue today

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Telangana Advocate General K Ramakrishna Reddy defended the Telangana State Gaming (Amendment) Ordinance in the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana High Court yesterday.

Reddy told a bench of Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice T Rajani that many sections of the society were getting affected by these games, particularly students and women and that the government was receiving many complaints in this regard.

He also informed the court that many had also committed suicides after getting trapped in these games and therefore in public interest the government had decided to issue an ordinance to prohibit online rummy.

Reddy was responding to the writ petitions filed by online rummy companies Ace2Three, Rummycircle and Junglee Rummy seeking a stay on the operation of the ordinance as well as asking for the striking down the ordinance on grounds of violation of Articles 14, 19(1)(g) and 21 of the Constitution.

The High Court will continue hearing Reddy’s contentions today. The bench has not yet granted a stay on the ordinance. All online rummy companies have continued to bar players from Telangana from depositing and playing on their websites.

Jay has researched extensively on gaming laws and has been cited by various media houses and journals as an expert. He has helped leading newspapers in their stories on gaming laws. Jay completed his B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from NUJS, Kolkata in 2015 and is currently based out of Mumbai.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Ananth

    July 5, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Any news of the proceedings of the case? Please update.

  2. Kishore

    July 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Any update on court hearing happened on 5th July. This is completely a rubbish decision from TG Govt as rummy in particular is considered as traditional/ festive game of India. When the highest court of India itself declared rummy as game of Skill – How the state ordinance can stop it? Also can understand if police files a case on clubs or physical players – as there is a chance for them to play bet games of chance (3 cards etc) which are not legal, but all the online sites have their games , Rules & T&C clearly defined in their sites – and deal with only official 13 cards rummy which is obviously a game of skill.

  3. Satyananda

    July 7, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Any updates of the case sir. It has been 3days since your last update. Is the case still running?

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