India has a growing market segment that is interested in visiting casinos and playing games like poker, blackjack and rummy. However, under Indian law only Goa and Sikkim are legally permitted to run live casinos. Casino and gambling related activity are not allowed in any other state and individuals who break these laws will be prosecuted.
Jay Satya, a law student recently filed a petition in the Mumbai High Court and challenged a law that has been in existence for over 40 years. The petition asked the high court to review the Control and Tax and lift the ban on casinos in the state of Maharashtra.
The petition requested the court to legalize the Casinos Act and allow interested individuals to participate in a legitimate and harmless forms of gaming. The High Court has instructed the Maharashtra government to respond to this petition at the earliest.