The Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Tamannaah Bhatia seem to have landed in some unnecessary trouble after a Chennai-based advocate has filed a plea in Madras High Court seeking a ban on ‘online gambling’. Besides this, the advocate has also demanded arrest and prosecution of all the people involved in running such websites and applications, and famous personalities endorsing them.
As per the plea filed by the advocate, it states that gambling is a criminal offense in the country and there has been a rise in suicide cases in Tamil Nadu because of heavy losses suffered by the gamblers. As per a report in DNA, the plea will be taken up for hearing next week.
“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 plea added:
“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,”
“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.”
On the professional front, Virat Kohli will be seen playing for his team Royal Challengers Bangalore, in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.