India roundup: fantasy sports and Kerala lottery

The High Court of Punjab and Haryana has ruled that online fantasy games require skill and therefore can’t be considered gambling, which is illegal.

The observations were made by Justice Amit Rawal recently after a resident of Chandigarh, Varun Gumber, approached the court claiming that he had been a victim of illegal gambling on fantasycricket.dream11.com.

Meanwhile, the Mizoram government has called off sale of its lottery in Kerala, a report by News18 channel on Friday said. Mizoram withdrew its lottery from Kerala in view of the LDF government in Kerala objecting to its sale in the state, The government claimed there were irregularities in the printing and distribution of Mizoram lottery tickets in Kerala.

Kerala finance minister Thomas Isaac said the withdrawal was a triumph of the determination shown by the LDF government to save the state from the ‘lottery mafia’.

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Toronto-based private equity company Clairvest has posted a net loss for fiscal Q1 of C$11.6 million ($9.1 million), or $0.76 a share, after accounting for potential losses in an investment in Indian online rummy company, Ace2Three.

IndiaSunday, Aug 13, 2017

The activities of Goa’s onshore and offshore casinos will be closely monitored over the rest of August, with the by-elections in Panaji coming up later this month.

IndiaWednesday, Aug 09, 2017

The Law Commission of India is seeking the opinion of the BCCI in regards to the legalization of sports betting in the country, local media reports.

IndiaTuesday, Aug 08, 2017

Delta Corp is supportive of the state government’s decision to shift casinos onshore, saying that it will provide more stability to its business.

IndiaFriday, Aug 04, 2017

The BJP is currently considering turning Goa’s casino industry cashless, according to comments from chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday.

IndiaTuesday, Aug 01, 2017

The Kerala government has written to the Union Home Ministry seeking a ban on lotteries conducted by the Mizoram government.

IndiaSunday, Jul 30, 2017

Kerala Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac has outlawed the sale of Mizoram lottery tickets in the state, and says an investigation into their sale will be conducted.