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Big relief to Dream11 app founders, Karnataka HC restrains cops from taking action

Karnataka High Court restrains the police from taking any action against fantasy sports tech company Dream11

Big relief to Dream11 app founders, Karnataka HC restrains cops from taking action VPN
Bengaluru, First Published Oct 28, 2021, 6:32 PM IST
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In a major relief to Harsh Jain and Bhavit Sheth, the founders of fantasy sports tech company Dream11, the Karnataka High Court restrained the Bengaluru Police from taking any action against them in connection with online gambling. The move comes after the founders had petitioned in the high court to quash the FIR registered against them.

The founders had earlier moved the high court seeking to quash the FIR registered against them at Bengaluru's Annapoorneshwarinagar Police Station based on a complaint from a cab driver. The driver had alleged that despite the ban on all forms of online gaming platforms, the Dream11 application was still available on Google Play Store.

After the Karnataka government banned all forms of online games following many complaints and cyber frauds, cab driver Manjunath had filed a complaint and claimed that the game involves luck rather than skills and hence falls under the gambling category. 

Despite the Karnataka government ordering a ban, the gaming application was still available and hence he filed a complaint on October 9.

Taking serious note of the complaint and the negative publicity the gaming platform generated following the complaint, the firm closed down its operation in Karnataka. The company had contended that it was worried about the safety of its customers.

After the government banned online gaming, many startups in the gaming sector had expressed resentments over the decision as they felt the move may have a cascading impact on employment. Karnataka’s Information Technology Minister Dr CN Ashwathnarayan has ruled out the possibility of any sort of rollback of the policy. Justifying the decision, the minister said online gambling/gaming was not good for society or the people in general.

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