Maharashtra to introduce laws curbing online gambling

The Maharashtra government is planning to introduce new legislation to curb online gambling and betting, according to a statement given by Minister of State for Home Dr. Ranjit Patil in the legislative council, G.laws.in reports.

Patil made the remarks in response to a debate in the legislative council on the alleged online gambling and betting racket run by Game King India Private Limited and its founder Ramesh Chaurasia.

The details of the new legislation and the timelines for introduction of a Bill on the issue have not been specified by the state government. It is not immediately clear if the state government will follow through on its assurance to the legislature and start the process of drafting a new law, G.laws reports.

It also remains to be seen whether the new law that is set to be drafted by the state government would exempt games of skill like online rummy and poker, or like Telangana, would ban all games of skill played for stakes.