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India: States Responsible for Controlling Gambling, Not Centre – Union Govt. at Delhi HC

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Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00


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Online gambling setting people on a highway to losing humongous amounts of personal assets have been grabbing headlines and triggering tragedies for quite some time. In response to a petition filed in the Delhi High Court seeking to get the Central Government to ban gambling/gaming websites, the Central Government has argued that the power to do the same resides with the States, since the power to make laws on “Betting or Gambling” belongs to the State List. The petitioner also seeks to quash Central Govt Order where it states that the Ministry of Information Technology does not have control of such activities within their power. The Centre, in their counter affidavit stated the above mentioned to defend their stance, and has also averred that the “appropriate government” in this case refers to the state government. It maybe noted here that few of the states have already enacted gaming legislations.