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Govt defends right to ban rummy

Govt defends right to ban rummy
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The Telangana State government has asserted before the High Court at Hyderabad that it has the right to bring a legislation banning the rummy card game as it has detrimental effect on public interest and therefore the Ordinance issued by it was valid. 

Hyderabad: The Telangana State government has asserted before the High Court at Hyderabad that it has the right to bring a legislation banning the rummy card game as it has detrimental effect on public interest and therefore the Ordinance issued by it was valid.

Telangana Advocate General K. Ramakrishna Reddy made this point before the division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice T Rajani on Monday. The bench was hearing a batch of petitions moved by various firms from Hyderabad, Mumbai and other places.

The firms, which are conducting these rummy card games, challenged the Ordinance by Telangana State government on June 17, banning the game. Making his arguments, Telangana AG pointed out that many sections of the society were getting affected by these games, particularly students and women and that the government was receiving many complaints in this regard.

He also informed the court that many had also committed suicides after getting trapped in these games and therefore in public interest the government had the right to intervene.

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