Kerala High Court has sent notices to Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, Tamannaah Bhatia and Malayalam actor Aju Varghese for endorsing online rummy games.
Chief Justice S Manikumar heading a division bench of Kerala High Court and comprising justice Anil K Narendran sent notices to the celebs after hearing a petition seeking to prevent online rummy games. The bench also asked the Kerala Government for a reply on the PIL.
The PIL was filed by Pauly Vadakkan, a Thrissur native. In his petition, he had alleged, “Online Rummy games are becoming more and more popular. It should be legally prohibited. Other states have done the same. Kerala has a 1960 law. But no other steps have been taken. It does not include the topic of online rummy. The stars, who are the brand ambassadors, attracted the audience and took part in the competition. Online Rummy is within the limits of gambling."
The respondents of this petition are the brand ambassadors, the state government, State IT Department, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and two private firms which conducting online rummy games.