At the very least three online rummy firms, together with Play Video games 24×7 Personal Restricted (RummyCircle), Head Digital Works Personal Restricted (Ace2Three) and Junglee Video games India Personal Restricted (Junglee Rummy) have filed overview petitions within the Kerala Excessive Court docket looking for reconsideration of the January 2019 order of a division bench of the courtroom which held that enjoying the sport of rummy for stakes or wagering on it isn’t simply an harmless pastime however quantities to the offence of gaming beneath the Kerala Gaming Act, 1960.
The overview petitions filed by the online rummy firms got here up earlier than a division bench of the Kerala Excessive Court docket comprising of Justices AM Shaffique and N. Anil Kumar yesterday. The courtroom nevertheless, adjourned the petition for 2 weeks and has now listed the matter for listening to on 19th July, 2019.
As famous by Glaws in its evaluation in an unique article on 28th February, 2019, the Kerala Excessive Court docket appears to have made an obvious error in its judgment by overlooking a 1976 state authorities notification that clearly exempts six video games together with rummy from the ambit of the Kerala Gaming Act, topic solely to the situation that side-betting is just not permitted on such video games.
The Kerala Excessive Court docket most likely guided by faulty submissions by the counsels showing within the case, in reality, acknowledged in its judgment that no such notification exempting sure talent video games beneath Part 14A of the Kerala Gaming Act existed.
In response to the accessible courtroom data, within the earlier hearings of the overview petition filed by Play 24×7 Video games, the courtroom had requested the Further Advocate Normal to get directions from the state authorities on the matter.
It stays to be seen whether or not the Kerala Excessive Court docket modifies or revises its January 2019 order based mostly on the 1976 notification and different precedents relating to rummy being a recreation of talent and allowed for stakes being dropped at its discover.