The Kerala High Court on Wednesday has sent notices to Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, actors Tamannaah Bhatia and Aju Varghese, who are the brand ambassadors of Online Rummy games in connection with a petition seeking legal prohibition on online rummy games.
This comes following after few victims alleged that brand ambassadors play a significant role in getting youth addicted.
The high court has also issued notices to the state government and called for its response on the same.
According to the petitioner to the high court that several people have lost their lives in the country after losing huge amounts of money by playing the online game and that it should be banned.
A 27-year-old victim, identified as Vineeth, had committed suicide at Kuttichal in Thiruvananthapuram a fortnight ago. He had lost Rs 21 lakh.
Another victim Sajesh,(32) who had lost a huge amount playing online rummy said, “The intervention of the honourable High court is welcome as I know that several people have lost a huge amount of money playing this online game and I myself have lost more than Rs 6 lakh.
“The brand ambassador indeed plays a big role in attracting the gullible youth in playing this game which soon turns into an addiction. I had to seek professional medical help to come out of this addiction and the court must ban this game in India”, added the victim.