Gujarat HC Defers IPA matter to June

The Gujarat High Court has adjourned the Indian Poker Association matter, filed by IPA Secretary KN Suresh on the club’s behalf, to June 9, 2017, following the filing of written objections from the state government.

On May 10, IPA had reportedly approached the vacation bench of the HC for an urgent hearing, asserting that its right to trade and commerce is impacted due to police’s continuous harassment and threats. It is being understood that the matter was not argued in detail as the public prosecutor suggested that the matter was not urgent enough to be taken up in vacation.

The court has now requested the IPA matter to be tagged under similar petitions filed by other clubs in the state and the matter is likely to be heard jointly on 9th June, as it concerns a similar issue of law.

Meanwhile, the IPA has temporarily suspended its running in the Radisson Blu Hotel in New Delhi after concerns were being raised by the hotel management about the dearth of a written assurance from the police assuring that poker is a game of skill and that no license is needed to conduct games. It is believed that IPA is currently in discussion with the police to finish the necessary paperwork.