The PIL was filed by city based resident Amit Nair. “Gambling is not permitted in the state and hence when performed, played or undertaken physically becomes an illegal act. Thus anyone found gambling would be arrested by the police as the Gambling Legislations were introduced before the emergence of the internet. Therefore, the provisions of these laws do not expressly contemplate and regulate online gambling,” the PIL stated.
“In recent times ‘online gambling’ websites/mobile apps (applications) are mushrooming on an alarming level. It is also seen that several ‘online gambling’ apps are promoted and targeted in the state too. Such gambling platforms are thus carrying on the illegal activity which however remains unchecked owing to the handicap in the current statute. One may see several advertisements of the gambling websites while accessing mobile applications and social media on smartphones, enticing with a small amount as a credit to start playing rummy, promising lakhs of rupees in return. It is pertinent to note that the incentive of earning lakhs of rupees makes young people susceptible to gambling and may make them an addict. It is, therefore, necessary that the present legal framework in reference to gambling be regulated to include the virtual or online/cyber space aspect,” the plea further stated.