Law Commission recommends legalising sports betting in India.
Online Poker in India It is felt that it is legal for online poker players to play on legal poker sites in India, but the rub here is that it isn’t all that clear what would constitute a legal online poker site in India, and remains a grey as far as the law is concerned.
IV Constitution of India and Betting 28-47 A Morality and Betting 31-37 B Legal perspective of Gambling and Betting 37-47 1 Doctrine of res extra commercium 39-42 2 Immorality or opposed to public policy 42-45 3 Wagering Agreements 45-47 V Statutory Provisions 48-73 A Central Laws 48-57 1 The Lotteries (Regulation) Act, 1998 48.
The legislation doesn’t specifically mention internet play, but online gambling falls under the general category of gambling. The two exceptions to the country’s ban on gambling are the national lottery and betting on horses at a few racetracks. Other than that, the entire country is a no-gambling zone.
With the exception of some state-approved sports like horse racing, sports betting at brick and mortar bookmakers is highly illegal. Gamblers based in India can avoid the risk of betting with unlicensed street bookies by choosing to bet at a reputable bookie that's licensed offshore.
The State of Sikkim is the main state in India which has authorized a law for internet betting and dons wagering.The Sikkim was passed on June 28, 2008 with the dual objects of controlling and regulating online gaming through electronic or non-electronic formats, and imposing a tax on such games in the State of Sikkim.The Sikkim,were subsequently passed on March 4, 2009 (and the same have been.
However, online gambling in India has started to take baby steps when it comes to the legal scenario. At the state level, rules are being framed regarding online gambling. So far, only Sikkim and Nagaland have come up with laws favoring online gambling. Maharashtra, on the other hand, does not allow online gambling.
A legal market would be hugely beneficial in India as its 1.3 billion people would likely flock to a convenient, regulated online betting market. It would also provide large tax revenues for the government and put a major dent in the domestic black market for gambling.