Indian Court Informed Blanket Ban On Online Gaming Not Feasible

In India a high court has heard that a blanket ban on online gaming websites is not technically feasible as many nation states already allow punters to play digital skill games.

According to a report on Sunday from Inc24.com’s online news domain, the Delhi High Court directed the central government and Delhi’s National Capital Territory to consider a petition that they should start to prohibit local people from accessing skill-based iGaming sites such as RummyCircle.com, Dream11.com and Ace2Three.com.

Claimants’ appeal Deepti Bhagat and Avinash Mehrotra alleged that many of these domains encouraged people to spend money on games of chance that are illegal in India, and thus facilitated the illicit cash flow to offshore accounts.

Nevertheless, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of the central government reportedly responded by stating that such a ban would entail the formulation of a more specific definition of skill games such as rummy compared to their more fortunate counterparts like roulette. In addition, the agency allegedly clarified that many Indian states already require players to enjoy skill games and have placed their own rules on what constitutes chance versus skill.

Inc24.com confirmed that this reply was accompanied by an affidavit from the Indian Reserve Bank in which the institution stated that it had already put in place all the appropriate measures to prevent illegal online gambling foreign exchange transactions.

Finally, the government allegedly reacted to Delhi’s National Capital Territory by arguing that it can only control land-based and online gaming establishments hosted within its own borders and currently has no power to ban offshore or other Indian-based sites.