Online gambling and betting is getting attention of stakeholders from diverse fields. These include both national and international stakeholders. Online gambling and betting essentially involves use of Internet and information technology. When Internet and technology is used, cross border legal issues also arise. The conflict of laws principle would also be attracted in case of online gambling and betting.
A question that is frequently asked from us is whether online gambling and betting is legal In India or not? There is no straight forward answer to this question. Further, the formula of skill versus chance is also not universally applicable in all situations. We have no dedicated online gaming and gambling laws and regulations in India and this makes the position murky.
We need dedicated online gambling laws in India that can clearly demarcate the rights and obligations of various stakeholders in this regard. However, till then the stakeholders must keep in mind various applicable laws of India especially the cyber law due diligence requirements (PDF).
Recently, it was decided that an anti match fixing law would be formulated for India. This decision was taken due to growing cases of match fixing in series like IPL. We also need to regulate online gambling and gaming activities in India so that no stakeholder is found on the wrong side of the law.