New Bench of Gujarat HC to Address Poker Clubs’ Petition on July 6

The Gujarat High Court is now set to address the petition filed by a group of poker clubs on July 6, 2017. The special petition filed by Dominance Games Pvt. Ltd. appeared before a single judge bench led by Justice Rajesh Shukla yesterday.

It is being understood that the state government sought time to comprehensively understand their submissions, which includes domestic and international case laws. Additionally, Justice Shukla also sought more time to canvas the materials filed by the petitioners and the state government’s response to the allegations made by the poker clubs and therefore scheduled the hearing date after a week.

A host of petitions filed by KN Suresh (on behalf of Indian Poker Association), Rollers Training Institute of Cards Pvt. Ltd., Ahmedabad Poker Association, AAA Gaming Pvt. Ltd. and Hotel Ramada will also be heard alongside the Dominance Games petition.

Previously, the civil petitions filed by the poker clubs were repeatedly deferred as the state government sought more time due to the transfer of the petitions to a new bench of judges.

A detailed and highly contested hearing is expected on July 6 as the Gujarat government has maintained the position that game of poker entails a substantial degree of chance. The Surat and Ahmedabad police commissioners have previously issued letters stating that playing poker in India is equivalent to gambling.