The Kerala High Court on Wednesday served notices to South actors Tamannaah Bhatia and Aju Varghese and also to Indian skipper Virat Kohli for endorsing online rummy games. Both Virat and Tamannaah are the brand ambassadors of such platforms.
The notices were served in connection to a petition demanding ban of such games. The court observed that these games are a great social evil and asked the state government to clarify its stand on the same. The bench of the HC was headed by Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Anil K Narendran.
The petition was filed by a native from Thrissur named Pauly Vadakkan. The petitioner called for the legal prohibition of online rummy games as they are becoming more popular over time. The petitioner, in his request, also added that celebrities are used to endorse the games in order to trap youngsters which is completely wrong.
The petition also stated that people who play these games online often end up losing their life’s savings. Vadakkan also added that there has been several reports from across the state where people playing these games, have been scammed or duped. He gave the example of an ISRO employee from Thiruvananthapuram district who fell into the trap of an online rummy game. He allegedly was in a debt of Rs 21 lakh and reportedly died by ending his life. Vadakkan further stated how online rummy games do not fall under the purview of the Kerala Gaming Act 1960.