Bhutan govt informed of violation by Bhutan lotteries: Centre
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 20:31
Kochi: The Central Government on Tuesday informed the Kerala High Court that it had taken up with the Royal Bhutan Government the matter pertaining to violation of lottery rules in Kerala by Bhutan lotteries.

'The matters of violation pertaining to the Bhutan lotteries in the state of Kerala was brought to the notice of Bhutan government', Vinay Shankar Pandey, Under Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, said in a counter affidavit filed in the court on a pettiion by Megha Distributors challenging the recently promuglated ordinance.

The centre in consultation with Ministry of External Affairs has taken up the matter with the Royal Government of Bhutan. The provisions of lottery regulation act and rules have been appropriately conveyed to the Bhutan government, it was stated.

Home Department has addressed the External Affiarms ministry requesting them to provide further information to Bhutan government.

Observing that the Sept 13, 2010 Lottery ammendment brought by the state which among other things permits enhancement of rate of tax on each bumper draw and on each draw, was valid and constitutional, the central government clarified that they have acted strictly in accordance with lotteries Regulation Act 1998.

Kerala High Court today deferred the hearing of the lottery case to December second week.


First Published: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 20:31

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