KERALA

Govt. to close down online lotteries violating rules

KOCHI Nov. 13. The Kerala High Court was informed by the Additional Advocate General, V.K. Beeran, that whenever violation of the lotteries rules was noticed, the enforcement agencies would close down the online lottery counters.

The Additional Advocate General, however, undertook that machines being used by the online lottery operators would not be seized. Justice C. N. Ramachandran Nair while reserving judgment on the petition filed by Tashi Delek Gaming Solution Private Ltd, Mumbai, and two other online lottery operators, recorded the submission of the Additional Advocate General.

When the petition came up, the Advocate General submitted that the State Governments, except Arunachal Pradesh, which conducted online lotteries, had not furnished the detail as required under the Kerala State Lotteries and On-online Lotteries (Regulation) Rules 2003. In fact, the details furnished by Arunachal Pradesh was incomplete.

The Judge had earlier declined to stay the notification imposing restrictions on online lottery operators. The petitioners were conducting online lotteries on behalf of the Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, and Karnataka Governments. The petitioners had contended that the Government had no power to issue such an order imposing restrictions on the conduct of lotteries. Besides, the control over the conduct of lotteries had been vested with the Central Government as per the Lotteries Regulation Act.

Missing files case

A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court today directed the Chief Secretary/ Additional Chief Secretary to conduct an inquiry into the matter relating to reported missing of confidential records of two government civil service officers who were considered for conferring IAS in 1998.

The Bench comprising the Chief Justice, J.L. Gupta, and Justice K. Padmanabhan Nair also directed them to file an affidavit indicating the factual position on this score.

The directions came when writ petitions filed by V. Bhavani, former Secretary of the Kerala Women's Commission, and others came up before the Bench. The petitions had challenged the order of the Central Administrative Tribunal, Ernakulam Bench, cancelling the selection made by the State Government. In fact, the selection was approved by the Union Public Service Commission. The Tribunal had also ordered that the selection process be completed afresh.

Petition dismissed

Justice K. Balarkishnan Nair has dismissed a writ petition challenging the termination of contract for the construction of shopping complex-cum-stadium in Kozhikode. The petition was filed by Babu Thomas, Executive Director, M/S A.B.M. Builders Private Ltd. The Kozhikode Corporation had cancelled the contract as the firm was unable to complete the work on the stipulated time. The court said that the petitioner could approach civil court for breach of contract.