Indian Supreme Court Bans Online Lottery

This week the Indian Supreme Court has ruled against an appeal made by the All Kerala Online Lottery Dealers Association, effectively banning online lottery sales in India.

The judges in the case ruled that lotteries are gambling, which is generally illegal in India, ruling that lotteries are a "pestilence more harmful than the common forms of gambling". The All Kerala Online Lottery Dealers Association waged its case against the state of Kerala, which banned the lottery in 2005 but later went on to just ban online lotteries.

Writing the verdict Justice Agarwal said, "If online or internet lottery is to be prohibited by a State then that online lottery or internet lottery of all States, including that State, also has to be prohibited. Viewed from this angle, we are of the considered opinion that State of Kerala was well within its rights to prohibit the sale of online or Internet lotteries in its State and there is no fault in it."

"Experience has shown that the common forms of gambling are comparatively innocuous when placed in contrast with widespread pestilence of lotteries. The former are confined to a few persons and places, but the latter infests the whole community; it enters every dwelling; it reaches every class; it preys upon the hard earnings of the poor; it plunders the ignorant and the simple."

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