Gaming and Online gaming in India

The Supreme Court of India, in the case of RMD Chamarbaugwala & Anr v Union of India & Anr3, recognized that offering games of skill is a protected activity under the Article 19 (1) (g) Constitution i.e. freedom to practice any profession, or to carry on any occupation, trade or business. In spite of this judgement, in the recent past some States like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka, have sought to prohibit games of skills. However, High Courts of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, have struck down such amendments to legislations banning online skill gaming as unconstitutional.

 Who regulates online gaming in India?

There is absolutely no central law that can regulate online gambling in India. There are only two states in India who have enacted legislation regarding online gambling i.e. Sikkim and Nagaland. The Sikkim Online Gaming (Regulation) Act, 2008 is the first legislation to be enacted to regulate online gambling and online skill games license under the Nagaland Prohibition of Gambling and Promotion and Regulation of Online Games of Skill Act, 2016.

What is the punishment for gambling in India?

The penalty for breaking this law is a fine of ₹200 or imprisonment of up to 3 months. Additionally, this Act prohibits visiting gambling houses. A fine of ₹100 or imprisonment of up to one month is the penalty.

Can you advertise gambling in India?

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issued an advisory on Monday banning advertisements promoting online betting. Citing 'financial and socio-economic risk for consumers', the government asked print, electronic and digital media to refrain from advertising online betting platforms.

What is IPC section for gambling?

Section 4 in The Public Gambling Act, 1867. 

Is gambling taxable in India?

Winnings from lottery and gambling such as poker are subject to tax. India imposes TDS or tax deductible at source, to all winnings from gambling. Under section 194B of the Income Tax Act, winnings from lotteries and games have a corresponding TDS of 30% provided the amount is at least Rs. 10,000, excluding cess.

Is gaming illegal in India?

Skill gaming cannot be banned but may be regulated. Any such ban can be challenged on the grounds of violation of constitutional rights; States may have the power to regulate the same under following entries: Trade and Commerce.


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