Telangana government order on APNGO home suspended

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The petitioner said that the APNGO Home was private property and the state government had no power to interfere with it.

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Hyderabad: The Hyderabad High Court on Wednesday suspended operation of proceedings issued by the Telangana state government allotting some portion in APNGOs Home at Gunfoundry here to the Bhagyanagar Telangana Non-Gazetted Officers' Association.

Justice S.V. Bhatt was dealing with a petition by the AP Non-Gazetted Officers Association challenging the May 30, 2015, memo issued by the state government.

The petitioner said that the APNGO Home was private property and the state government had no power to interfere with it. The petitioner urged the court to direct the respondents to restore the possession of the premises and direct the government not to interfere.

The judge while suspending the operation of the proceedings of the state government issued notices to the respondents asking them to file their counter affidavits.

Online rummy only outside TS
The Hyderabad High Court on Wednesday asked the state government to allow certain companies that host online rummy games to carry on their business outside the state till further orders. 

A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice T. Rajani was dealing with petitions filed by Junglee Games India Pvt Ltd, Mumbai; Play Games 24x7 Pvt Ltd, Delhi; and Head Infotech (India) Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad, challenging an ordinance issued by the state government bringing online rummy under the Gaming Act by amending provisions of the Gaming Act, 1974. The June 17 ordinance had prohibited online rummy in the state.

Counsels appearing for the companies contended that online rummy was predominantly a game of skill and not a game of chance. They said the state government had no jurisdiction to issue the ordinance.

They told the court that a player who wants to play online rummy registers on the website of the company and pays no fee for access to the website. The player can choose to compete in free practise games and promotional tournaments as well as cash games. 

Posting the case to Monday to hear the government, the bench asked the government to allow the petitioner companies to carry on their business outside the state till further orders.

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