Supreme Court dismisses petition by rummy clubs

Enthusiasts of rummy and poker in India were dealt a setback after the Supreme Court dismissed the petitions of rummy clubs to operate in certain states in India. A full bench of the Supreme Court dismissed a writ petition filed by Chennai-based Krida Sports and Games Private Limited that wanted to operate rummy clubs in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu.

Krida Sports filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court in May, arguing that rummy should be allowed to be played for stakes without any interference from the police.

However, in a counter affidavit, the Telangana government contended that addiction to online rummy game has affected various sections of society, including students and women.

It is evident from the above that rummy and online rummy when played for stakes, is creating a social menace affecting the life of students and women. It is causing an adverse impact on family life.

“The State was therefore compelled to enact the Ordinance pursuant to its constitutional responsibilities of enacting a just social order,” the Telangana government said.