Madras HC issues notice to Virat Kohli, Saurav Ganguly for endorsing online fantasy league apps
The order comes in a petition moved in Madurai Bench of Madras High Court alleging that after losing money in such apps, half a dozen youths died by suicide in various parts of India
The plea states that, “Online games groups are working against the sovereignty of India.
Both the Central and state governments are afraid to take action against the said online game groups.
The governments have not taken any steps to investigate the source of funds and headquarters, origin of nation.
The online games groups for their personal benefit misusing the young population of India.
Hence it is just and necessary to conduct detail probe in the above matter and ban online games, erred groups, website and social network”.
Specifically, the plea states that, “The television channels and social media networks airing the advertisement for promoting Online Games and gambling, the 10th (Virat Kohli) and 11th (Saurav Ganguly) Respondents are famous celebrity stars in the Indian cricket teams.
And 12th to 15th Respondents Prakash Raj, Tamannaah Bhatia, Rana Daggubati and Sudeep are stars in the cine field.”
The plea further states, “The 10th to 15th Respondents are promoting and endorsing unethical immoral online gambling, using their familiarities to promote online gambling. And they are harvesting money from online gambling business. The 10th to 15th Respondents hook innocent youngsters to play online gambling games”.