It is a rather outdated law known as the Public Gambling Act of 1867 that India uses as part of their regulation of gambling activities.
Anybody caught gambling illegal can be subject to up to three months in prison or a large fine. However, they do say laws are there to be broken, and 42 people have just been discovered illegally gambling in the Sahara Star Hotel which is in Santacruz.
It appears that regular gambling sessions were held in that hotel, with the organisers of thee illegal gambling activities booking several suites at the hotel and using them as the venue in which a gambling game known as flush was played.
Regarding any type of gambling activities suspected in India, it is the Property Cell of the City Crime Branch that is tasked with investing such crimes, and that is something they did when they got word of those gambling activities, and it was discovered all 42 people arrested were businessmen including several diamond traders and share brokers.
Illegal Gambling Big Business in India
It has been estimated that illegal gambling in India turns over some $60billion annually and as such it is big business, but one the authorities are all very eager to stamp out.
Whilst there are some states in India that do permit gambling not all states do, and those that do not have their own police departments who are teased with investigating, uncovering and then charging anybody found organising or even partaking in any type of gambling activities that are deemed to be illegal, which most if not all forms of gambling activities are classed as illegal.
Where to Gamble in India
If you are planning a trip to India and you do fancy taking part in any type of gambling activities then it is important to understand where you can legally gamble, if not you do run the very real risk of being caught when gambling anywhere else.
It is in the Indian states of Goa, Daman and Sikkim in which you will find casino venues, in fact there are two casinos in Sikkim, ten casinos are located in Goa, four of which are on the Mandovi River, so as long as you do visit such venues you will never run the risk of being fined or imprisoned.