Whether Playing Cards Under Gambling Act Amounts to An Offence Involving Moral Turpitude ?

Supreme Court on Thursday hear the notice on special leave petition , which talks about whether ‘ Playing card in public’ as described  in section 13 of Gambling Act , 1867 , can be called as punishable offence and act showing moral turpitude .

The division bench of Justice S.K Kaul and MM Sundresh issued notice on the petition filed against 2019 judgement of Madhya Pradesh High Court .

The Gwalior Court has cancelled the order passed by the trial court and ordered the screening committee to reconsider its decision to disqualify the candidate ape for the job.

The Screening committee submitted that candidate is convicted under section  13 of gambling Act , 1867 , “Playing cards in colony” thus makes him unfit for the job of constable which requires a high level of discipline .

Supreme court said that according to State of M.P vs Abhijit Panwar decision of High Court can’t be upheld . Even after disclosure of offence of the candidate , the selection committee s free to see the suitability of candidate .

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