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HC strikes down law banning online gaming

Govt. restrained from interfering with online gaming business and allied activities of petitioners

In a relief to online gaming operators and players, the High Court of Karnataka on Monday declared as unconstitutional certain provisions of the Karnataka Police (Amendment) Act, 2021, which prohibited and criminalised the activities of offering and playing online games, by risking money or otherwise.

“The provisions of Sections 2, 3, 6, 8 & 9 of the Karnataka Police (Amendment) Act 2021 are declared to be ultra vires of the Constitution of India in their entirety and accordingly are struck down,” the court said A Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justice Krishna S. Dixit, delivered the verdict while allowing the petitions filed by associations of gaming operators, such as Online Gaming Federation, Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports, and a few individuals who are online gaming enthusiasts.

Source : The Hindu