On Monday, the Madurai Bench of the High Court of Madras issued notices to Former Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly, current cricket captain Virat Kohli for their involvement in online sports app advertisements.
Notices were also issued to famous actors Tammana Bhatia, Prakash Raj and others also.
Mr Mohammed Rizvi moved the petition in question through his counsel K. Neelamegamn Thuja.
In the petition, it was alleged that many youths had committed suicide after losing money on such apps.
The Home secretary Tamil Nadu, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India ( TRAI ), Secretary Union of India, Secretary Meity, the DGP, actors Rana Duggubati and Sudeep have also been arrayed as respondents by the petitioner.
For private respondents, the Petition Party was asked to serve them notices while for government parties their counsel accepted the notices.
The plea stated that the online game groups were working against the sovereignty of India and both the Central and State governments were afraid of taking action against them.
No effort has been made by the government to investigate Headquarters, Origin of Nation and Source of Funds of these apps. So, it was necessary to conduct a detailed probe in the case and ban these apps, websites and social networks.
It was further stated that famous cricketers like Saurav Ganguly and Virat Kohli had been roped in as ambassadors and the apps have tie-ups with famous movie stars like Rana Daggupati, Prakash Raj and Tamannaah Bhatia and all these famous personalities are helping the apps to hook in gullible youth of the country and turn them into gambling addicts.
The plea goes on to list out the disadvantages of online gambling like lack of focus, unable to concentrate on studies and many others.
A prayer was also made to the Court to ensure that these online gaming sites follow regulation and practices to safeguard Indian Youth and comply with international standards.