Tamil Nadu government has appointed a committee headed by Madras High Court Justice (Retired) K. Chandru to study the impact of the advertisements of online gaming companies on the public, including financial losses and subsequent suicides.
The Tamil Nadu government has taken steps to bring an ordinance to restrict the ill effects on online gaming. A committee headed by Justice K.Chandru , consisting of four members, will study the issues relating to online gambling and submit the report within two weeks. The steps are taken after protests by various political parties and social organizations against the suicides and hardships faced by more number of people involved in online gaming.
A technical expert from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M), Sankararaman, Lakshmi Vijayakumar, founder of Sneha, an NGO involved in prevention of suicide, Secretary to the Government
(Legal Affairs) B.Karthikeyan and ADGP Vinit Dev Wankhede are the members of the committee.
The committee will identify the games that are addictive, lead to huge financial losses,and disastrous produce consequences, like suicide, and study whether these games really involved skill or mere tricks.
In August 2021, Junglee Games India Private Limited and Ors v. State of Tamil Nadu, the Madras High Court had striked down amendments to Tamil Nadu Gaming Act that banned online card games in TN. The online gaming companies had challenged the ordinance claiming that rummy was a game of skill and not a game of chance. In the verdict, court held that as games based on a ‘preponderance of skill’ are protected under Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution, the restrictions imposed by the State on conducting or playing such games should satisfy the tests of reasonableness and proportionality.
Article 19: Right to Freedom
(1) All citizens shall have the right—
(g) to practise any profession, or to carry on any occupation, trade or business
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