Indian Law Minister Confirms Interpretation Of Law Commission’s Stance On Gambling (Update)

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Dec 21, 2018

The recommendation was for a complete ban on gambling

Answering a question in the upper house of parliament this week, India’s Union Minister of Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, confirmed that the recommendation of the Law Commission of India earlier this year was for a complete ban on gambling.

InfoPowa readers will recall that the interpretation of the recommendation became confused when many interested parties seized on a qualification which the Commission added to the effect that if a complete ban cannot be ensured, then parliament and state legislatures should consider legalising gambling and betting with certain regulations and safeguards. The qualification’s more positive connotations tended to take attention away from the main point, which was a ban recommendation.

Minister Prasad confirmed that this week, but would not be drawn into commenting on what action, if any, had been taken by the government in relation to the Law Commission’s recommendations.

Brian Cullingworth

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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