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Karnataka Home minister Araga Jnanendra has tabled the Karnataka Police (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in the assembly on Friday seeking a ban on online gambling and betting across the state. The bill also provides for a maximum imprisonment of three years or a fine of up to Rs 100,000 for the violators.

The bill states that “games means and includes online games, involving all forms of wagering or betting, including in the form of tokens valued in terms of the money paid before or after the issue of it, or electronic means and virtual currency, electronic transfer of funds in connection with any game of chance.”

The bill stipulates a fine of Rs 10,000 and imprisonment of six months for first-time offenders. For a second offence, violators would receive a jail term of one year and a fine of Rs 15,000.