Bill to ban online gambling will have to be approved by Governor again: Minister


Tamil Nadu Law Minister S. Raghupathi said on Thursday that the Madras High Court had said in its 2021 judgment that the government can enact a new law to ban online gambling and this made it clear that the state assembly should pass a bill to ban online rummy. able to do.

Raghupathi told reporters at the airport that the High Court had on August 3, 2021 struck down the provisions of the ‘Tamil Nadu Gaming and Police Laws (Amendment) Act 2021’, which prohibited betting or betting in the cyberspace, among other reasons. imposes, and not on the basis of the competence of the legislature.

“Hence, the High Court had made it clear that the Tamil Nadu government has the competence to make laws to ban online gambling,” he said.

Governor R.N. Ravi had returned the ‘Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Online Gambling and Regulation of Online Games Bill’ passed by the Assembly on October 19, 2022, saying the state legislature lacked ‘legislative competence’.

He said, “It is not clear why the Governor has returned the bill. The reasons given by Governor Ravi for sending back the bill will be examined by Chief Minister MK Stalin.

He said that the governor is bound to give his assent when the bill is passed again in the assembly.

The provisions of the ‘Tamil Nadu Gaming and Police Laws (Amendment) Act 2021’ were struck down by the Madras High Court on August 3, 2021.

Such provisions were held as ultra vires of the constitution by the High Court. The court had said that in the field of betting and gambling, the government can pass appropriate laws according to the constitutional decorum.

After the bill was passed, it was sent to the Raj Bhavan for the Governor’s assent and the government repeatedly urged Governor Ravi to clear it.


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