A petition has been filed in the Madras High Court to arrest the Indian skipper Virat Kohli and actress Tamannaah Bhatia. The petition claims that both have been accused of promoting online gambling. The petitioner has also demanded their arrest.
This petition has been filed by a lawyer from Chennai. In this, the petitioner has asked the high court to give directions to ban online gambling. According to him, the prevalence of widespread online gambling is corrupting the youth.
Reason for the Petition:
“Youngsters are being hooked to this online gambling addiction by the organizers by providing huge cash bonuses to anyone.
“It uses the famous cricket and film personalities including cricketer like Virat Kohli and actress Tamannah who brainwash these young with their powerful appeal to join this game,” the petition states.
“This gambling addiction is more dangerous to the society and violative of Article 21 of the Constitution of India, as it infringes the right to life. Hence this writ petition seeking a ban,” reads the plea.
“In online gambling, the damage is done in a short span, whereas alcohol and cigarettes take about 15 years to harm an individual. They are being lured in to play by celebrities who endorse it using their influence in the public minds,” the petitioner Suryaprakasam told WION.
“Youth begin with pocket money, income and then exhaust family savings, later lend money. When the lender goes to their residence and embarrasses them, they take the extreme step. There are many cases like this in recent times and many more such unfortunate cases will emerge in the coming months when youth are unemployed and idle.”
A child commits suicide due to gabbling
According to the lawyer, the stars who promote such things should be arrested. It is further mentioned in this petition that a child had taken money to gamble on one such app, but when he could not pay the money, he committed suicide.
Date of Hearing in Court:
It has been argued in the petition that it is having a wrong effect on the youth. It further states that this online gambling app uses cricketer Virat Kohli and actress Tamanna for promotion. The hearing of this case will be held on Tuesday, August 4.