Finance Minister K.M. Mani said here on Thursday that the Sikkim High Court order dismissing a case challenging the ban on the Sikkim Lottery represented a victory for the Kerala government.
A press note quoting Mr. Mani said the Central government had imposed a two-year ban on the lottery in Kerala on the basis of a representation from the State pointing out the violation of laws in operating the lottery. The distributors, Future Games Solutions, had moved the court against the ban.
The press note said the Bench headed by the Chief Justice had accepted Kerala’s argument that the case did not fall within the purview of the Sikkim High Court.
Mr. Mani said the UDF government had approached the Centre for a ban following a crackdown on illegal lotteries in the State. He said the court had also turned down a plea by the distributors to permit the sale of lotteries not banned by the Sikkim government.
The Kerala government was represented by senior lawyer R. Basanth and standing counsel Ramesh Babu.