Team India captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Tamannaah Bhatia seem to be landing in some unnecessary trouble as an advocate from Chennai has filed a plea in Madras High Court seeking a ban on ‘online gambling’. And arrest and prosecution of all running such websites and mobile applications, and famous personalities endorsing them.
The plea points out that gambling is a criminal offence in the country, and also there has been a rise in suicide cases in Tamil Nadu, due to heavy losses suffered by the gamblers. According to a report in DNA, the plea will be taken up for hearing next week.
“Youngsters are being hooked to this online gambling addiction by the organizers by providing huge cash bonuses to anyone.
“It uses the famous cricket and film personalities including cricketer like Virat Kohli and actress Tamannah who brainwash these young with their powerful appeal to join this game,” the petition states.
“This gambling addiction is more dangerous to the society and violative of Article 21 of the Constitution of India, as it infringes the right to life. Hence this writ petition seeking a ban,” reads the plea.
“In online gambling, the damage is done in a short span, whereas alcohol and cigarettes take about 15 years to harm an individual. They are being lured in to play by celebrities who endorse it using their influence in the public minds,” the petitioner Suryaprakasam told WION.
“Youth begin with pocket money, income and then exhaust family savings, later lend money. When the lender goes to their residence and embarrasses them, they take the extreme step. There are many cases like this in recent times and many more such unfortunate cases will emerge in the coming months when youth are unemployed and idle.”
On the professional front, Virat is all set to participate in the upcoming 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Over the last few weeks, after staying at home for three months, Indian cricketers have started practicing in the nets.
On the other hand, Tamannaah Bhatia has quite a lot of exciting projects lined up one of which is the Bollywood film ‘Bole Chudiyan’ co-starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui that has been helmed by Shamas Nawab Siddiqui. The South Indian diva will then be seen in the sports drama titled Seetimaarr co-starring Gopichand and Digangana Suryavanshi in the lead roles.