The founders and directors of Dream11 were arrested by Karnataka police after a man from Bengaluru filed a complaint that the app was against the law banning online gambling apps.
The popular mobile gaming app Dream11 has suspended operations in Karnataka, a day after Bengaluru police registered an FIR against the app’s founder and directors. The company claims that while the online gambling ban does not apply to fantasy sports operators, it is suspending operations after users in Karnataka expressed concerns about it.
In a statement, the company said: “The Karnataka Police Act recently amended its gambling law to ban online gambling, betting and betting. We have been informed by the Indian Fantasy Sports Federation (FIFS), which shared the opinion of a former Supreme Court judge, stating that the Karnataka Police Act 2021 (Amendment) does not apply to its fantastic sports operator members. This is because Fantasy Sports’ FIFS format has been confirmed by the honorable Indian courts to not amount to gambling, betting or betting.
“However, following recent media coverage, our Karnataka users have expressed deep concerns and concerns for their safety and security. In order to allay the concerns of our users, we have decided to suspend operations in Karnataka, ”Dream11 said in the statement, adding that this decision is without prejudice to our rights and claims under the law.
Bhavit Sheth and Harsh Jain, the founders and directors of Sporta Technologies Private Limited which promotes the “Dream 11” gaming application, had been held as accused number one and two. Police filed the FIR based on the complaint filed by Manjunath, a resident of Nagarbhavi in Bengaluru.
The complainant said that the government of Karnataka had made changes to the Karnataka Police Act of 1963, banning online gambling and skill games where money is risky. He had searched the Google Play Store to find out how many online games are being pulled. Many companies have blocked their mobile applications, with the exception of “Dream 11”.
The government of Karnataka had notified the Karnataka Police Act of 2021 (Amendment), banning all online gaming formats involving betting, betting and gambling of all kinds and forms in the state. Under the new law, online gambling is considered an unlawful offense, punishable by a fine of Rs one lakh and imprisonment for up to three years. In addition to banning games of skill, the government of Karnataka has classified online games using electronic means and virtual currency, the electronic transfer of funds in connection with any game as gambling.
(With contributions from the agency)