Gujarat HC Defers Poker Clubs Issue to June 23

Gujarat HC Defers Poker CLubs Issue

A single judge bench of the Gujarat HC governed by Justice GR Udhwani deferred the joint civil petitions filed together by six poker clubs to June 23, 2017, as the state government sought more time to assess the contentions raised by the poker clubs.

Seven poker clubs had withdrawn their appeal from the High Court and rather decided to file a civil petition challenging the Ahmedabad Police Commissioner’s ruling that poker be classified as a game of chance. The clubs, led by KN Suresh, Rollers Training Institute of Cards Pvt. Ltd. and AAA Gaming Pvt. Ltd. initiated a joint civil petition that arose for hearing today.

The clubs appealed for an interim order from the High Court seeking resumption of their operations, which has been affected by the police crackdown on poker in India. However, it is being understood that the police and state government sought time to give a specific reply on the appeal made by the poker clubs, adding on to their plea for interim relief.

The High Court has not granted the clubs’ prayer of interim relief yet and has rather posted the matter for hearing on 23rd June and permitted the state government to file its reply till then.

Additionally, Dominance Games Pvt. Ltd. has also filed a separate yet similar civil application before Justice Udhwani, which is still waiting to be heard and has not been dismissed yet. As the matter remains yet to be decided by the High Court, card game enthusiasts can still play poker online.