The Karnataka government has decided to impose a ban on online gambling or betting. However, lottery and horse racing have not been prohibited. These amendments will be made to the Karnataka Police Act, 1963.
The draft of the Karnataka Police (Amendment) Bill, 2021, is yet to be available publicly. #Watchnow #LawWiserShorts on Karnataka Draft Bill: Online Gaming by Srinivas Kotni, Founder and Managing Partner, Lexport. He shares his views on the Karnataka government’s proposal to ban online gambling by amending the Karnataka Police Act.
The state government has also announced imposing penalties and arrests in cases of violation of these proposed rules. It is expected that there would be a balance in the distinction between the game of skill and the game of chance. As many start-ups are venturing into online games of skill and are also seeking investments for the same. A blanket ban would impact this sector hugely in terms of investment and employment as well.
However, various courts have repeatedly held that games of skill would not be covered under gambling and they cannot be outright prohibited. The sector is seeking proper regulation of online gaming including online gambling. Once the draft bill is made public more information on the provisions would clarify any doubts.
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