Supreme Court upheld Kerala Government’s ban on online lotteries

Nov 7, 2015 12:46 IST

The Supreme Court of India (SC) on 5 November 2015 upheld Kerala Government’s ban on online lotteries.

The judgment was delivered by a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) H L Dattu while hearing the All Kerala Online Lottery Dealers Association Vs State of Kerala & Ors. case in which Sikkim Government is also one of the petitioners opposing the ban.

While upholding the ban, the bench stated that lottery is a form of gambling and it was condemned as a vice by the Rigveda, Smritis and Arthashastra.

Background

The case was an appeal from a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court that upheld Kerala Government’s decision to declare the state an online lottery free zone.

In April 2005, the Kerala Government banned all computerized and online lotteries run by whether private or other state governments in the state, while allowing paper lotteries to continue in the state.

Since then, the decision had been opposed by online lottery dealers, who are mainly-operating from Sikkim.

They contended that the distinction drawn by the Kerala Government between paper lottery and online lottery is discriminatory and it is a violation of the Article 14 of the Constitution of India.

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