Ban online games with stakes, recommends Judge Chandru’s committee
The Justice K. Chandru Committee, which has looked into the harmful effects of online gambling with stakes, has recommended that the government of Tamil Nadu ban them and advertisements that encourage people to play such games, by enacting a prescription.
In its report, which was submitted to Chief Minister MK Stalin on Monday, the panel also recommended that the state government insist that the Union government enact a national law against online gambling with stakes in under Article 252 of the Constitution. He also recommended that the state government expedite his appeal in a related case pending before the Supreme Court.
The State Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister in the evening, was briefed on the report presented by the committee. “The report needs to be reviewed by several government departments before a decision on issuing an order is taken,” a source familiar with the development told The Hindu.
The 71-page report claimed that there was no skill involved in any of the online games, and they invariably made players increasingly dependent on and ultimately beholden to the company. There was no question of regulating gambling, because it was simply impossible to do so, he said.
As previous legislation banning online gambling with stakes was struck down by the Madras High Court, the panel recommended that the state government come up with new legislation outside the previous framework. The earlier law focused on gambling and betting law and whether skill was involved, and the panel recommended the government focus on “public health and public order” grounds.
The panel also pointed out that there have been 17 suicides across Tamil Nadu in the past three years due to online gambling with stakes. Rough figures of revenue generated by the companies were also provided in the report which was quite substantial.
The report also observed that the company’s interest was primarily to make more money and not to develop player skills, and argued that the state could impose restrictions on online gambling, including gambling. prohibition.
As for the aspect of skill, it indicated that the players were brought to play with the machine, and that no skill was involved, since the random factor was chosen by several other factors predetermined by the companies.
With the help of an expert from the panel, he also elaborated on the psychological effects of online gambling with stakes on people’s minds, and how technology could be manipulated.
It can be recalled that the government of Tamil Nadu earlier this month decided to issue an ordinance to regulate online gambling and set up a panel under the leadership of Justice K. Chandru to consider issues related to gambling in online and submit a report.
“Based on the report, an ordinance would be issued, taking into account the need to find a solution to this problem immediately,” the government said. Although legislation banning online gambling was enacted by the Tamil Nadu Assembly in February last year, the Madras High Court struck it down in August of the same year.
The appeal filed by the Tamil Nadu government in the Supreme Court in November last year has yet to be heard. Laws enacted by other states including Karnataka and Kerala have also been struck down by the respective high courts.
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