Petition filed in Madras High Court seeking prosecution of Virat Kohli for endorsing online gambling
Petition seeks prosecution of Virat Kohli for endorsing online sports gambling platforms
The petition also sought the prosecution of popular actor Tamannaah Bhatia
The petition also seeks ban on all sorts of online sports gambling applications in India
A petition has been filed in the Madras High Court seeking the prosecution of India cricket team captain Virat Kohli and actor Tamannaah Bhatia for endorsing online sports gambling.
An advocate based out of Chennai moved the Madras High Court on Friday, seeking a ban on all sorts of online sports gambling applications in the country. The lawyer mentioned in his petition that celebrities like Kohli are capable of influencing youngsters in the country who take up online sports gambling.
The petition also cited a youngster who died by suicide after failing to repay the debts accumulated after sports gambling online. A bench headed by Justice Sundaresh and Surya Prakasam has posted the case for Tuesday.
India skipper Virat Kohli has been spending time with family and friends at his home in Mumbai with cricket in the country coming to a standstill due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Kohli, like quite a few of his India teammates, has made good use of the time away from the sport by working on his fitness during the lockdowns.
Kohli will be eager to return to the field as Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 looks set to be played in the UAE from September 19. IPL was postponed due to the pandemic and it missed the April-May window but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) got hold of the September-November window after the T20 World Cup and the Asia Cup were postponed.
Kohli will be leading Royal Challengers Bangalore who bolstered their squad by bringing in a few big names, including Australia captain Aaron Finch, for IPL 2020.