Karnataka cabinet OKs ban on online betting, gambling | Bengaluru News

BENGALURU: Soon, online gaming for money and betting in the state is likely to be considered a criminal activity, which could attract imprisonment of up to three years or Rs 1 lakh fine.
The cabinet, which met on Saturday, approved Karnataka Police (Amendment) Bill which seeks to ban online games involving profit or gain. The move came following complaints from organisations and parents seeking action.
“The bill will be tabled in the monsoon session (starting September 13),” law and parliamentary affairs minister JC Madhuswamy said.
A month ago, Madras high court had declared a similar law enacted by the Tamil Nadu government to ban online betting games as ultra vires (action of the delegated legislation body that affects fundamental rights guaranteed to the people) to the Constitution.
Madhuswamy said all online games played using computers, mobile phones and on social media platforms and betting in the form of tokens, electronic transfer of money and virtual currency will be banned. However, lottery and horse races run on race courses within and outside the state do not come under purview of the bill.

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