KARNATAKA

Court upholds lottery ban in Karnataka

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday upheld the ban on lotteries and also the notification declaring Karnataka a "lottery-free zone." Dismissing petitions by Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, All-India Federation of Gaming and Allied Industries and others, the court said the ban was a result of a policy decision and that it was included in the State Budget and passed by the legislature.

With this, the interim order staying the operation of the notification becomes infructuous.

Justice V. Jagannathan in a three-and-half-hour dictation in open court at a special sitting, upheld the validity of the State's March 27, 2007 notification .

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