“The Karnataka Police Act recently amended its gaming law to prohibit online gambling, betting and wagering. We have been advised by the Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS), who have shared an opinion from a former Supreme Court Judge, stating that the Karnataka Police (Amendment) Act 2021 does not apply to its member Fantasy Sports Operators. This is because the FIFS format of Fantasy Sports has been upheld by the hon’ble Courts of India as not amounting to gambling, betting or wagering.” a company spokesperson told
The spokesperson added “our Karnataka users have expressed deep concerns and anxiety on their safety and security. In order to allay our users’ concerns, we have decided to suspend operations in Karnataka. This decision is without prejudice to our rights and contentions under law.”
A case has been registered under Section 79(keeping common gaming house) and 80 (gaming in common gaming-house) of Karnataka Police Act, 1963, according to a report in The Times of India. The case was registered by Annapoorneshwarinagar Police in West Bengaluru based on a complaint by 42-year-old cab driver Manjunatha.