Gujarat HC matter to be heard on July 6

The Gujarat High Court is scheduled to hear the petition filed by a consortium of poker clubs with regards to the legality of poker on July 6, Glaws reports.

The special civil petition filed by Dominance Games Pvt. Ltd. came up before a single judge bench headed by Justice Rajesh Shukla yesterday.

A clutch of petitions filed by Rollers Training Institute of Cards Pvt. Ltd., KN Suresh (on behalf of Indian Poker Association), AAA Gaming Pvt. Ltd.and Hotel Ramada will also be heard along with the Dominance Games petition.

It is however understood that the criminal application filed by Ahmedabad Poker Association, which claims police harassment in the poker room raids, will be heard separately by the High Court on August 30.

The civil petitions filed by the poker clubs have been repeatedly adjourned as the state government sought more time to respond and due to the transfer of the petitions to a new bench.

A detailed and hotly contested hearing is expected on July 6 as the state government has maintained the game of poker involves a substantial degree of chance.

The Surat and Ahmedabad police commissioners have also issued letters stating that playing the game of poker amounts to gambling.