Indian Government is currently working on finalizing the draft for online gaming regulation, said the Centre’s lawyer on Monday.
The Centre’s lawyer made this statement before the bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra and Justice Subramonium Prasad while the Court was hearing petitions by Atul Batra and Avinash Mehrotra regarding online gaming regulation in India.
After hearing to both sides, the Court declared that the matter will be raised again after a period of eight weeks. Moreover, the Court also granted freedom to Atul Batra to approach the Court in terms of any objection.
According to Atul Batra’s petition, games of chance are being promoted as games of skill and it is as bad as any other addiction. Moreover, it can also damage the youth of India if online gambling and betting is not regulated properly.
As per Avinash Mehrotra’s petition, the unregulated market of online gambling has made India a heaven for laundering money through hawala operations. In his plea, he also asked the Centre to “prosecute the unscrupulous owners/proprietors, and the promoters of the online gambling websites, in accordance with law”.
Back in January 2023, the Indian Government officially recognized esports and announced that it will be a part of the multi-sports event under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
The online gaming regulation is on the limelight as it will provide a shape to the Indian gaming industry.