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Delhi Judge: Online Gambling Is Illegal

A Delhi District Court Judge ruled on Monday that online sports betting and games of skill involving money wagering are illegal and cannot be protected by the country's constitution.

The matter was brought before Judge Ina Malhotra by a company that was founded for the purpose of offering online "games of skill". The games offered were reported to be chess, bridge, billiards, rummy, poker, and snooker.

Sports betting is an offence in India and bookies earning money from bets laid on games of skill cannot be granted protection under Article 19(1)(g) of the constitution (right to practise any profession or to carry on any occupation)," the court ruled.

The decision also ruled that banks can refuse to provide services to websites offering any type of wagering, saying: "so, while betting or playing for money among players on a game of golf, chess, bridge or billiards may be permitted, they cannot be considered legal if operated by a gaming house."

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