Kerala government bans all lotteries

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 25 | Updated: Jan 26 2005, 05:30am hrs
After 38 years, countrys oldest state-run paper lottery has run out of luck. The Kerala cabinet has decided to ban all lotteries including its own, effective Tuesday.

This is in the context of the Supreme Court verdict calling foul Kerala governments earlier legal course of crackdown on non-Kerala online lotteries with vending kiosks in the state. The Supreme Court had asked the Kerala government to present an affidavit apologising for the contempt of court through the legal action on lotteries by other states. The verdict had come favouring the government of Meghalaya, which had challenged the Kerala government action. Incidentally, Nalini Chidambaram, wife of finance minister P Chidambaram, was among the counsel panel representing Meghalaya government.