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Accepting this petition, the court has summoned a reply from the state government and adjourned the matter for June 22.
A petition has been filed in the Bombay High Court seeking to declare ‘Ludo’ as a game of luck and not skill. This petition has been filed by Maharashtra Nav Nirman Sena officer Keshav Mule through advocate Nikhil Mengde. It has been claimed in the petition that people are playing Ludo by betting money on the Ludo Supreme app in an online way. Which comes under sections 3, 4, and 5 of the Gambling Prohibition Act. Therefore, action should be taken against the management people associated with the app. At present, the court has issued notice to the state government in this matter. The hearing on the petition has been kept on 22 June 2021.
A petition was first filed in the Magistrate Court regarding this matter. The Magistrate Court had refused to direct the registration of an FIR considering Ludo as a game of skill. He said that if four people play Ludo with a bet of Rs 5, the winner gets Rs 17, while the person running the app gets Rs 3.
Gambling is being done in the name of Ludo: Petitioner
On Thursday, this petition came up for hearing before the division bench of Justice SS Shinde and Justice Abhay Ahuja of Holiday Court. During this, the division bench, after considering the petition, said that what is the need of urgent hearing on the petition. On this, advocate Nikhil Mengde, appearing for the petitioner said that gambling in the name of Ludo is taking the form of social evil and youth are getting more attracted towards it. Therefore, immediate intervention of the court is required on this.
The court summoned the reply by issuing a notice to the state government
According to the petition, the game of Ludo depends on the number of points he gets after the dice is dropped. In this way, Ludo is not a skill but a game of luck. So when people bet something in this game, it takes the form of gambling. Therefore, in this situation, it should be considered a game of luck, not skill. The division bench has currently issued notice to the state government in this matter and has kept the petition for hearing on June 22, 2021.
The lower court has considered a game of skill
In the petition filed on behalf of the petitioner Keshav Mule, it has been said that the petitioner had complained about this to the VP Road police station, but the police did not take cognizance of it. Thereafter, the petitioner filed a personal complaint in the Magistrate Court. But the court did not order to register an FIR in this case. The trial court has considered Ludo a game of skill. Therefore, the order of the Magistrate Court of February 12, 2021 should be quashed and the police should be directed to take action.