Karnataka Government to ban online gambling, amends Police Act

Bengaluru: In a major development, the Karnataka government has taken a decision to ban on online games that include transactions from electronic devices like mobile phones and computers by amending the Karnataka Police Act, 1963, excluding lottery.

The ban, however, would not include lottery or betting on horse races, said Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J.C. Madhuswamy, briefing the media on the decisions taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

The amended bill will be tabled in the upcoming assembly session of the legislature which is scheduled to stary on September 13 and last till September 24. This comes after the state government received several complaints regarding cyber fraud.

The decision was taken following the High Court of Karnataka repeatedly asking the State government to take a stand on online betting, Mr. Madhuswamy clarified. The draft Bill defined online games as involving all forms of wagering including in the form of tokens valued in terms of money paid before or after the issue of it, or electronic means and virtual currency, electronic transfer of funds in connection with any game of chance.

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