Allahabad HC seeks response from state, centre on PIL against online gambling sites

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The Allahabad High Court, on Monday, directed the central and state governments to file their response to a PIL that seeking a ban on online gaming sites. Furthermore, the court issued notices to websites, allegedly owned by the Chinese nationals, involved in online gambling and duping consumers of money.

A PIL filed by Shimla Shri Tripathi was heard by a division bench comprising Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice Rajendra Kumar. This bench later fixed 15th September 2021 as the next date of hearing, reports the Times of India.

Shimla Shri Tripathi’s petition claims that many such websites operating in India manipulate their online games and thus players lose a lot of money.

One such game that he mentioned was a color choosing game wherein a player has to choose colors and place a bet on the outcome to win. If their guess matches with the outcome, they win, and they lose if it doesn’t match. Apparently, these websites allow players to win easily at first but when it comes to placing huge bets, the website owners manipulate the results and this amounts to an illegal gain for the website owners.

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Apart from this, Shashank Shri Tripathi, appearing for the petitioner, also claimed that these websites charge a hefty sum of money in the name of tax on the pretext of paying it to the government.

“Chinese citizens are owning such gambling websites. These websites are usually controlled by Chinese servers and are a planned scheme of fraud,” said the petitioner.