Games Of Skill Are ‘Dangerous’?

Indian state of Telangana classes gambling with drugs and kidnapping

Legislators in the Indian province of Telangana appear to have gone a little over the top in legislation signed into law this week by state president Ram Nath Kovind which places wagering and betting under the ambit of dangerous activities, the same class used to classify drug dealing and kidnapping.

The legislation passed through the state legislature late last year as lawmakers sought to ban all games involving monetary stakes – including skill games.

Lawmakers also passed a draconian Bill amending the Prevention of Dangerous Activities Amendment Bill, ensuring that any person found to have committed or abetted offences under the Telangana Gaming Act can be detained by an order of the Commissioner of Police or District Magistrate for a total period of up to one year, without any trial or bail.

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Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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