The Kerala High Court has recently sent notices to south film actress Tamannaah Bhatia, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and actor Aju Varghese. These three celebs are the brand ambassadors of the online rummy game (MPL- Mobile Premier League). This is an online game in which betting is done. There is a lot of uproar on social media with the demand to ban this game.
In July 2020, a Chennai lawyer filed a petition in the Madras High Court against Virat Kohli, Tamannaah Bhatia and Aju Varghese, after which notice has now been sent to them. Apart from these, the Madras court has also sought an answer from the state government in this matter.
Sajesh, 32, who lost a huge amount in the Rummy game, told IANS, “I appreciate the intervention of the High Court in this matter. I know many people who have lost a lot of money in this game, I myself have lost 6 lakh rupees. The game’s brand ambassadors play an important role in attracting innocent people, which soon becomes an addiction for them. I had to take medical help to quit the addiction of this game. Court should ban this game soon.”
The issue of banning online rummy games has been raised first in the Rajya Sabha. Some members of the Rajya Sabha expressed concern over the game and demanded legal action. They said that this game is enticing the youth by greed to win money. Taking the matter seriously, Speaker M Venkaiah Naidu had ordered the Law Minister to look into the matter. The ban on the game has already been imposed in Telangana. Recently, 27-year-old Vineet, living in Thiruvananthapuram, committed suicide after losing 2.1 million rupees, after which the demand for the game to be discontinued arises. Rummy games have already been banned by the Madras High Court in Telangana. This decision was taken during the hearing on the petition of a person named Siluvai of Tamil Nadu.