PIL against online lotteries admitted by Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court has admitted a PIL which demands an immediate ban of illegal online lotteries in Maharashtra, for final hearing, local media reports.

The PIL was filed by Chandan Trivedi, alleging that over 1,300 unauthorized online lotteries were operating in the state, and stated the government had permitted only 13 online lotteries.

So far these operators, who are able to circumvent tax payable to the state, have caused a loss of Rs 933 crore ($148.8 million) to state revenues, said the petitioner.

However, a division bench including Vasanti Naik and Indira Jain has refused to grant any interim relief to petitioner Trivedi.

Last week, the Maharashtra government filed an affidavit in the Bombay High Court, saying that online lotteries have been conducted as per rules, tax is being paid, with no infirmities or illegalities.