Virat Kohli served legal notice by Kerala High Court

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday (January 27) has served legal notices to India captain Virat Kohli alongside two other celebrities over a plea against online rummy.

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The other two celebrities in question are Tamannaah Bhatia and Aju Varghese. The three are brand ambassadors of the online rummy game.

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The high court has issued notices to the state government as well, and called for its response to the same.

As per the complaint of the petitioner to the high court, several people have lost their lives in the country after losing huge amounts of money by playing the online game. He has also called for it to be banned immediately.

One 27-year-old Vineeth committed suicide at Kuttichal in Thiruvananthapuram a fortnight ago. He had lost Rs 21 lakh.

Another 32-year-old Sajesh also lost a huge amount playing online rummy. “The intervention of the honourable High court is welcome as I know that several people have lost huge amount of money playing this online game and I myself have lost more than Rs 6 lakh.” he said.

“The brand ambassador’s indeed play a big role in attracting the gullible youth in playing this game which soon turns into an addiction. I had to seek professional medical help to come out of this addiction and the court must ban this game in India.”

Earlier in January, Tamil Nadu government took the step of banning online betting, citing related suicides and other crimes.

It should be noted that the Kerala government had already passed an Act in 1960 and declared rummy as an offence.