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Tamil Nadu Ordinance Banning Online Gambling Expires In Absence of Governor’s Assent: Report

The contentious ordinance passed by the Tamil Nadu government did not get Governor’s assent, causing it to expire after a six-week window

Update from 2/12/2022: Tamil Nadu Law Minister S. Raghupathy met Governor R.N. Ravi yesterday to discuss the issues with the Ordinance raised by the latter, reports NDTV. The Law Minister claimed that the number of gambling-related suicides has risen from 17 to 25 now. Online games' algorithms can also be designed to loot ordinary people, said the minister. "One would get an SMS saying he or she has been offered ₹ 8,000 to play an online game. Ultimately, that person may lose 8 lakh," Raghupathy explained, adding that there are no similar reports of offline-gambling related suicides. While speaking with journalists, Governor Ravi described withholding Bills as "a courteous way of saying no". NDTV did not specify if this discussion took place yesterday. Original report from 29/11/2022: Tamil Nadu's ordinance banning online gambling and games of chance expired on Sunday night, reports The Indian Express. The Tamil Nadu Assembly passed a Bill based on the ordinance last month, after which it was sent to the state's Governor R.N. Ravi for his assent. Why did the ordinance lapse?: The expiry was a result of the Governor's delays in assenting to the Bill, said Tamil Nadu's Law Minister S. Raghupathy on Monday. The Governor had reportedly posed some questions on the ordinance, which the government provided within a day. There was no response from the Governor after this, claimed Raghupathy. What does the law say?: As per Article 213(2)(a) of the Constitution, ordinances cease to operate six weeks after the legislature has reassembled. The Tamil Nadu Assembly's fourth session commenced…

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