The Kerala High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to Indian men’s cricket skipper Virat Kohli, actors Thammanna and Aju Verghese on a petition seeking ban on online rummy after victims alleged brand ambassadors play an important role in getting youth addicted. The aforementioned celebrities are brand ambassadors of online rummy. The high court also issued a notice to the state government and has asked for a response on the same.
The petitioner had complained that people have lost their lives after suffering huge losses by playing the game and that it should be banned. Vineeth, 27, had committed suicide at Kuttichal in Thiruvananthapuram a fortnight ago. He had lost Rs 21 lakh.
Sajesh, 32, who had lost a huge amount playing online rummy told IANS: “The intervention of the honourable High court is welcome as I know that several people have lost huge amount of money playing this online game and I myself have lost more than Rs 6 lakh.
“The brand ambassador indeed plays a big role in attracting the gullible youth in playing this game which soon turns into an addiction. I had to seek professional medical help to come out of this addiction and the court must ban this game in India.”