Online gambling may also invite 2-year jail term – Ahmedabad Mirror

December 13, 2021 by No Comments

  • Nikunj Soni
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GSLC recommends bringing online gambling under the ambit of the Gambling Act; red flags use of online gambling for money laundering

Online gambling may soon come under the ambit of strict gambling laws in Gujarat. At present, those found indulging in online gambling are booked only under the Information Technology law which does not carry a strict punishment. The Gujarat Prevention of Gambling Act, 1887, carries a six-month jail term but is silent on online gambling activity.
The Gujarat State Law Commission (GSLC) has submitted a report to the state government recommending bringing online gambling under the existing gambling law and enhancing its scope by increasing the punishment to 2-year jail term. The law body has observed that proliferation of online gambling platforms has also opened up a new avenue for money laundering.

Several people have been booked for online gambling via mobile application ‘Hello Bet’, website ‘Betexch99.net’ and other platforms. But the law is silent on what punishment should be meted out to them.
The report titled “Steps needed to be taken to control cricket betting and online gambling by suitably amending The Gujarat Prevention of Gambling Act, 1887” was submitted to the state government recently.
Referring to the scope of gambling platforms being used for money laundering, the report said, “Since gambling becomes a habit and involves a huge volume of transactions and cash flows, which are necessary to disguise money laundering, it can be said that gambling is a perfect tool for money laundering. Gambling does not involve a physical product, making it much more complicated to track the flow of money and, hence, it can be said that gambling may become a means of money laundering.”
It said in the absence of appropriate amendments in the provisions of the Gambling Act, no check or action is being taken, when it comes to “online gambling”. The Act is completely silent on the aspect of “online gambling”.
“If one is caught playing rummy/cards outside or in a gambling den in the State of Gujarat, he would get arrested. However, one cannot be arrested or booked for the offense of gambling if he plays ‘online rummy’. If the online games involve ‘gambling’ and if any website is operating in the State of Gujarat or is engaged in any gambling games, the same should be dealt with strictly. A regulatory framework is needed to regulate ‘online gambling’ and to …….

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