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Maharashtra Legislative Council Passes Casino Restriction Bill

The Maharashtra Legislative Council has passed the Maharashtra Casinos (Control and Tax) Bill, to put an end to the operation of casinos in the state.

This Bill was tabled by the Maharashtra Home Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis during the winter session of the Legislative Assembly, which commenced on December 7 and is currently underway. The Bill was subsequently passed by the lower house with a majority vote.

The provisions of the Maharashtra Casinos (Control and Tax) Act, 1976, have not been brought into effect till date even though the Act was passed more than 40 years ago. As per reports, several operators, relying on the provisions of the said Act, have sought permission to run casinos in the state from the tourism department and many have approached the Court as well. Putting an end to any confusion in this regard, the state cabinet took the decision to repeal the 1976 Act in August of this year and now the Legislative Council has repealed it and passed the new Bill.