Some good news for traditional and online Indian Rummy players as the Madras High Court reaffirmed the 1968 Supreme Court ruling along with Indian gambling laws by declared Rummy to be primarily a game of skill.
The Madras High Court in India crossed every “t” and dotted every “i” by making sure that logic and common sense conquers ignorance and closed mindedness.
Justice S. Rajeswaran, a jewel whose wisdom should be studied for centuries and a role model of jurisprudence, stated that “The game of Rummy is mainly and predominantly a game of skill.”
According to India casino news, the ruling came after a petition was filed by the Mahalakshmi Cultural Association based in T Nagar against endless harassment, arrests and raids by local police forces against Rummy players.
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The judge ruled that as long as Rummy is played within the club, Indian law enforcement “agencies must not disturb the harmony and piece of the club under pretense of an investigation.”
Justice Rajeswaran noted that “Rummy requires a certain amount of skill because the fall of the card has to be memorized and the building up of Rummy requires considerable skill in holding and discarding cards.”
However, the judge also said that the Association shall not venture onto any other activity other than the game of Rummy and shall not prevent the police from carrying out their duties.
The case started, when T Nagar police forces raided the Association premises on August 10, 2011 and arrested fifty six guests for playing a 3-card game of “Mangaatha”.
The Association’s representative, Paul Kanagaraj, claimed that the association, boasting 30 years of history, never allowed any gambling activity other than the 13-card Rummy and that playing Rummy with or without stakes was perfectly legal.
He went on to deny that “Mangaatha” was ever played by its guests and complained that police frequently disturbed the peace of the Association under the guise of inspections.
The police, however, claimed to have seized 178 tokens and a case of Rs 6.75 lakh allegedly used for gambling. According to the police, the arrested persons were not members of the Association. The law enforcement also claimed that they had the right to enter the premises, where illegal activities have been carried out.
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