Kerala High Court Wednesday served notices to cricketer Virat Kohli, actors Tamannaah Bhatia and Aju Varghese, over a plea against online rummy. Virat, Tamannaah and Aju are brand ambassadors of the game. And the trio has endorsed platforms where online rummy games are played.
The Kerala High Court also sought the state government’s response in connection with the petition, seeking legal prohibition on online rummy games.
Online rummy games have become very popular. And a 28-year-old Kerala man died by suicide earlier this month. He was reportedly under deep debt, due to the online game. The petitioner has sought a ban on these games. He pointed out that brand ambassadors have played a significant role in attracting more people to the online game.
The Court underlined that online betting was a grave social evil. And it also asked the state government to clarify its stand on the matter.
Kochi-based Pauly Vadakkan, who filed the petition, has argued that online rummy games are against the law. He claimed that certain platforms running such games are using celebrities to endorse them in a bid to attract the youth and trap them financially.
The court has sent notices to Play Games 24*7 and Mobile Premier League which purportedly run rummy games. While Kohli is the brand ambassador of Mobile Premier League, Tamannaah has acted in an advertisement. Malayalam actor Aju Varghese has endorsed rummy circle.