Amala Shaji, Losliya, Shivani & Other Celebrities In Legal Trouble ??
Written by Dhiwaharan Published on Apr 26, 2023 | 12:06 PM IST | 238
Amala Shaji of “Tik Tok” and Instagram fame, Losliya, Shivani of Tamil Bigg Boss fame and other known celebrities with huge number of followership in Internet can be subjected to legal case and face imprisonment till 1 year, said advocate Vignesh Muthukumar through his social media space. Expressing his displeasure over such influential personalities advertising app which is banned by the government, Muthukumar also asked his followers to make their opinions regarding the same.
According to sources, the Consumer Complaints Council (CCC) of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CCI) has taken notice of an advertisement that was published in both print and online media platforms. The advertisement claimed that the company is “India’s most trusted sports exchange since 2015”. The CCC has asked the company to provide evidence to substantiate their claims, and the celebrities endorsing the company have also been asked to respond on how they determined that the company’s claims were accurate before endorsing it.
Lotus 365, a gambling and betting company, has been making headlines since the beginning of IPL 2023. Despite facing a ban in February 2023, the company has been adding subscribers and running advertisements in newspapers featuring celebrities like Kajal Aggarwal, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tamnnaah Bhatia, Niddhi Agerwal, Tejasswi Prakash, and Urvashi Rautela, among others. The list also includes Television and Online celebrities such as Amala Shaji who is enjoying 3.6 million followers in Instagram, Shivani, Losliya and others who also has a huge followership in online platforms.
The website was one of 138 betting portals banned last month for their Chinese affiliations. However, it has changed its domain from lotus365.com to lotus365.in and still operates as a customer care portal, taking users to WhatsApp, where they can register and deposit money for different games offered.
Despite the crackdown, the company continues to issue advertisements in newspapers and was also the principal sponsor of Asia Lions in the recently concluded Legends League Cricket. This has led to a clamor from netizens demanding a ban on betting sites like Lotus365.
There have been reports of users losing money and being unable to use the discounts offered by the company. Additionally, Lotus365 reportedly does not verify documents from new subscribers, failing to conform to standards of KYC verification. Users not registering through their website can directly contact them on the WhatsApp numbers given in the ads.
While the ban has prevented users from installing the app and using its services, there are several other betting apps available under the title of Lotus365. This raises the question of why the website is still in operation and whether Google will call out its ambiguous operations.
The activities of Lotus365 have come under scrutiny following its ban and subsequent rebranding. Despite the ban, the company continues to operate through WhatsApp and issue advertisements in newspapers featuring celebrities. The lack of KYC verification and reports of users losing money have led to calls for a crackdown on betting sites like Lotus365.
Now, in a new Instagram video, advocate Vignesh Muthukumar said that Lotus 365 got banned by the government but few Instagram influencers and Youtubers are endorsing it. “In this Lotus 365, Rummy app to ban which Tamilnadu government brought a separate law, is also available. Under section 16, those who are endorsing the app can be punished. They could face 1 year of jail imprisonment or Rs. 5 lakh of fine amount or both” Muthukumar said in his video.
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