Kerala cannot be declared lottery free zone: Chandy
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 19:15
Kochi: Opposition leader in the Kerala Assembly, Oommen Chandy, today said the state cannot be declared as a lottery free zone as it would create serious social problems.

Banning all lotteries in the state would not be practicable as it would create serious social problems, chandy told reporters here.

Most of the people engaged in selling lottery tickets in the state were from the lower strata of the society and they could not do any other work to eke out their livelihood, he said.

(The Kerala high court had yesterday asked the state to look into the aspect of declaring kerala as lottery free zone).

Chandy urged chief minister, V S Achuthanandan, to examine whether there was any lapse on the part of finance ministry in handling the lottery case.

The chief minister should seek legal advice in the light of yesterday's kerala high court's order directing the state to collect tax from Megha distributors, promoters of Bhutan lotteries and two others.

Chandy stressed the need for a CBI investigation into the lottery issue.

He said Achuthanandan in his letter to the centre seeking CBI investigation had stated that the exchequer had lost over Rs 80,000 crore following manipulations in the lottery dealing for the past four years.


First Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 19:15

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