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Rajasthan High Court Dismisses PIL Filed Against 'Dream 11' Alleging its Involvement in Offences of Betting and Gambling

Lawstreet Journal 23 Oct 2020 2:08am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Rajasthan High Court Dismisses PIL Filed Against 'Dream 11' Alleging its Involvement in Offences of Betting and Gambling

On Friday (16th October 2020), the Rajasthan High Court dismissed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on the involvement of Dream 11 Fantasy Private Limited in offenses of betting and gambling. 

The petition was filed by Ravindra Singh Chaudhary and he filed the PIL stating that Dream 11 Fantasy Private Limited provides a platform to its users for playing sports and games on a virtual platform, such as fantasy cricket, football, kabaddi, basketball, and hockey. He asserted that the said virtual platform, namely Dream-11, allows its users to register and play various games, to form their own teams made up of real players for cricket, football, kabaddi, and NBA with a maximum budget of 100 crores

In Dream 11, users initially have to pay an amount of Rs.100, out of which 20% is retained by Dream 11, and the remaining balance i.e. 80% of the balance is transferred towards the winning amount for the game. It was alleged that the game being played on the aforesaid platform is nothing else but “betting” on the cricket team. He also said that these online fantasy sports games are games of chance, thereby constituting illegal acts of gambling/ betting and that respondent authorities are not prohibiting this illegal act.

It was alleged that Dream 11 is not paying GST under proper classification which should be 28%, however, they are only paying 18%, and that too from a participant and retain it which actually means that they are paying tax on only 80% amount which is transferred towards… Continue Reading...

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