Has the state govt filed an appeal against online rummy unban verdict of Madras HC?: S Ramadoss

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S. Ramadoss, founder of political party Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and father of its current leader Anbumani Ramadoss, has attacked the state government with regard to the lifting of ban on online rummy.

In his most recent tweet, S. Ramadoss asks if the state government has filed an appeal against the Madras High Court decision to unban online rummy and other online real money games.

This comes after the Madras High Court, on November 9, decided to strike down the legislation banning online real money skill-based games as well. The ban came into effect after the The Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Online Gambling and Regulation of Online Games Bill, 2022 was notified in April of this year.

S. Ramadoss criticized the state government, saying that the online gaming activities are ruining lives of people and yet the leaders are doing nothing even after a month from the High Court (HC) verdict.

While the Tamil Nadu law minister S. Regupathy promised to file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the HC’s decision, there is still no news of whether the government has done so, or if the matter has been listed for hearing.

“If an appeal has been filed, the Tamil Nadu government should immediately take steps to bring it up for hearing and seek an interim stay on the Madras High Court judgment,” he said as per Asianet News.

S. Ramadoss further said that the online rummy companies have started taking advantage of the situation and even introduced online rummy tournaments with a prize of Rs 3.5 crore to lure in young people from the state.

He claimed that these individuals lose lakhs of rupees in order to win the grand prize and fall into a debt spiral. If this continues, the news of suicides will once again become a regular occurrence, Ramadoss warned.