Rummy Operators challenge Ordinance banning Rummy
The Telangana Government’s decision to ban online Rummy by promulgating an Ordinance has witnessed a spate of writs being filed by various Rummy operators. Online rummy operators like Ace2Three, RummyCircle and Junglee Rummy have challenged the Ordinance before the Telangana High Court claiming that the Ordinance went against the 1967 Supreme Court judgement of State of Andhra Pradesh v. K. Satyanarayana which held rummy to be a game of skill. It may be recalled that the Supreme Court in the above case had clearly and unequivocally held that Rummy is a game of skill.

This is the first time that any State has passed an Ordinance in direct contravention of the Supreme Court’s judgement on a subject falling within the State list. The much celebrated decision of K. Satyanarayana in which the Supreme Court had held that “The game of Rummy is not a game entirely of chance… Rummy, on the other hand, requires certain amount of skill because the fall of the cards has to be memorized and the building up of Rummy requires considerable skill in holding and discarding cards. We cannot, therefore, say that the game of Rummy is a game of entire chance. It is mainly and preponderantly a game of skill.”

The Rummy operators have now filed a writ challenging the constitutionality of the Ordinance which is an infringement of their right to trade and commerce guaranteed under Article 19(1)(g).

The matter is presently sub-judice with the High Court allowing Rummy Operators based in Telangana to continue offering their services to players outside the State.

Source: Various news agencies