Online gaming and gambling related prosecutions have significantly increased in India. Recently, the police of Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, etc have made arrests relating to illegal online bettings in India. The sports integrity unit of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would also curb illegal sports betting in India. The Andhra Pradesh CID has requested Cert-In to block Playwin’s online lotteries website in AP. The income tax official also raided four offshore casino vessels and one onshore casino in Panaji. If we analyse these negative developments, it is clear that online betting in India is more on the side of contravention of laws than their compliances.
The latest to add to this list is the arrest of Jitendra Tanna alias Jitu Dhadi (50), the owner of the two websites www.vbet24.com and www.khelmasti.com and who started the private accounts for bookies and punters to accept bets on the IPL-7. He was arrested by the city crime branch from Kandivli on late Tuesday evening. He has been booked under various IPC sections of gambling, cheating, forgery, breach of trust and Information technology (IT) act and will be produce in the court on Wednesday. Police said that Jitu is a key accused in the betting racket.
”We will now interrogate him to know who and how many bookies/punters have accounts in his circle and whether he was fixed only betting or beyond that. We also want to interrogate him to know the flow of money through the illegal hawala operators”, said Nandkumar Gopale, senior inspector of property cell.
Police said that they are also likely to call the professionals who helped them tailor make this website and the software for the bookies. This is natural as well as website developers and software makers are also required to ensure cyber law due diligence (PDF) in India. Even mobile application developers are liable for violation of Indian laws through their applications.
The mobile gaming and online gaming related regulations in India are also not duly complied with by various stakeholders. The online gaming market in India is booming but regulatory compliances cannot be ignored.