Karnataka Online Gaming Ban: FIR Filed Against Dream11

Author : Anurag Manoranjan

Last Updated: October 11, 2021     Published: October 8, 2021

The Bengaluru police have filed a first information report (FIR) against the founders of Dream 11, Harsh Jain and Bhavit Sheth. The report was filed after complaints stating that the fantasy platform continued its operations a week after the Karnataka state government notified the online gaming ban law for stakes with effect from the 5th of October. 

The police have also launched a probe into the matter to further investigate the fact that the platform continued to operate despite the ban. Dream11, on the other hand, has also stopped responding to user queries on matters relating to the legal status to play on the platform from Karnataka. 

The All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) and three online gaming companies have also weighed in on the matter by filing written petitions in the Karnataka High Court challenging the validity of the law. The petitions have also stated that the law is vague, arbitrary and has all the ingredients needed for it to be struck down. Moving further, the petitioners also asked for interim relief for staying the operational provisions and a directive to the police that they do not disturb or prevent companies from carrying forward their business.