Telangana police have filed a case against online rummy website ace2three.com following complaints that the company was duping players by manipulating its software, local media reports.
According to Avinash Mohanty, deputy commissioner of police at Central Crime Station, the police has received complaints against the online rummy company accusing them of cheating customers through manipulation.
“We have registered the FIR and we are investigating the matter,” he told the Economic Times.
Deepak Gullapalli, chief executive of Head Infotech India, which owns ace2three.com acknowledged the complaint.
“It is a 100 percent legal business and a lot of investments have been coming into this sector. All the games of skill are legal under the Gaming Act. Rummy, being a game of skill, has been recognised by the Supreme Court in multiple judgements as legal activity.”
The move by Hyderabad police has been viewed by experts as a step in the wrong direction for the state.
“It is sad to see the police in Telangana, which secured the top slot in World Bank’s ease of doing business rankings last month, slapping cases against online gaming firms operating under the Gaming Act,” said the chief executive of a large private equity firm to the ET. “Such thoughtless actions of the police could send adverse signals to the global investors’ community.”