Virat Kohli in trouble for endorsing Online Gambling platform as plea in Madras High Court Seeks Arrest : Report

India skipper Virat Kohli seems to landed himself in some unnecessary trouble as an advocate from Chennai has filed a plea in Madras High Court seeking a ban on online gambling, and arrest & prosecution of all running such sites, and famous personalities endorsing them, according to a report in DNA.

The plea points out that gambling is a criminal offence in the country, and also there has been a rise in suicide cases in Tamil Nadu, due to heavy losses suffered by gamblers. The plea is likely to be taken up for hearing next week.
“Youngsters are being hooked to this online gambling addiction by the organizers by providing huge cash bonuses to anyone.

“It uses the famous cricket and film personalities including cricketer like Virat Kohli and actress Tamannah who brainwash these young with their powerful appeal to join this game” the petition states.

“This gambling addiction is more dangerous to the society and violative of Article 21 of the Constitution of India, as it infringes right to life. Hence this writ petition seeking ban,” reads the plea.

Stating the recent case of a 19-year old student who committed suicide in Chennai, leaving a note blaming his online gambling addiction, the petitioner stated that the authorities are well aware of the sorry state of affairs and they have failed to ban these sites. The plea makes mention of how gambling addiction leads to squandering of their own hard-earned money and that of the families, as opposed to the case of Blue Whale challenge, where the victim alone suffers.

When asked about whether online gambling wasn’t a personal choice like intoxicants, the petitioner Suryaprakasam said to WION “In online gambling the damage is done in s short span, whereas alcohol and cigarettes take about 15 years to harm an individual. They are being lured in to play by celebrities who endorse it using their influence in the public minds.””Youth begin with pocket money, income and then exhaust family savings, later lend money. When the lender goes to their residence and embarrasses them, they take the extreme step. There are many cases like this in recent times and many more such unfortunate cases will emerge in the coming months, when youth are unemployed and idle.”

Very recently, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had observed that the Central and State government could pass laws that ban games that involve money such as Online Rummy, other online card games across India.

The Court drew a parallel to the Telangana government Ordinance amending the Telangana Gaming Act 1974 banning online Rummy. This meant that users playing real cash games from the state are prohibited from doing so.