Tamil Nadu government bans online betting games, Rs 5,000 fine, jail for violators – Times of India

CHENNAI: After a series of suicides and complaints about people losing their hard-earned money in online games involving wagering and betting, the state government on Friday promulgated an ordinance banning such games.
The ordinance promulgated by governor Banwarilal Purohit amending the Tamil Nadu Gaming Act, 1930, Chennai City Police Act, 1888, and the Tamil Nadu District Police Act, 1859, bans betting in cyber space using computers and any other communication device.
People who are found playing such games will be punished with a fine of Rs 5,000 and six months imprisonment, said the ordinance. People who open or run a common gaming house will be punished with a fine amount of Rs 10,000 and two-year imprisonment.
“Innocent people, mainly youngsters, are being cheated and some people have committed suicide. In order to avoid such incidents and protect people from the evils of online gaming, the government had submitted a proposal to the governor to promulgate an ordinance,” said a statement from the governor’s office. The ordinance also bans “electronic transfer of funds” for betting and distributing prize money and will have provisions to punish people who are running such gaming companies. The government was under pressure to act as members of the civil society, the Madras high court and opposition parties consistently flagged the issue.
Earlier this month, DMK chief M K Stalin condemned the government for seeking more time to take a call on banning online card games when a petition