Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been the subject of controversy as he allegedly received legal advice from the Kerala High Court for promoting rummy online on Wednesday. The 32-year-old is one of the most marketable athletes in the game and is the face of more than a dozen brands. According to reports, Virat Kohli topped the list of celebrity brands last year.
But one of its endorsements landed it in warm waters. The Kerala High Court issued a notice to the stick star on Wednesday about a petition calling for a ban on online rummy. In addition to Virat Kohli, the high court also issued notices to actors Thammanna and Aju Vargheese after victims of online gambling claimed brand ambassadors had played a vital role in ensuring young people remained addicted to the game. .
Hearing on petition to prevent online rummy games, a Kerala High Court division bench led by Chief Justice S Manikumar including Judge Anil K Narendran handed legal notice to the team captain of Indian cricket. Pauly Vadakkan, from Thrissur who filed the petition, told the ANI news agency that online rummy games are increasingly popular and should be legally banned.
“Other states have done the same. Kerala has a 1960 law. But no further action has been taken. It does not include the subject of online rummy. The stars, ambassadors of the brand, attracted the public and participated in the competition. Online rummy is within the limits of the game, “ he added.
This is not the first time Virat Kohli has been slapped with legal advice for his approval. Previously, he had received a notice from the Madras High Court for the promotion of fantasy league applications. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli will return to action next month when India takes on England in the Test Series. He hasn’t played since the first Test in Australia last month.