India’s largest casino operator, Delta Corp, has filed a writ petition with the Bombay High Court in the hope of forcing authorities in the union territory of Daman and Diu to issue a casino license.
The move comes four years after Delta Corp opened five-star resort The Deltin in Daman via its subsidiary, Daman Hospitality Private Limited, with plans to launch casino operations. However, the company has still not received regulatory approval from local authorities.
Daman and Diu is one of three states and territories in India where casino gaming is legal but there are currently no casinos in operation. Delta Corp operates three offshore casinos in Goa and one land-based casino in each of Goa and Sikkim.
According to Indian gaming news website Glaws, Delta Corp’s subsidiary has named the Union Territory Administration of Daman and Diu, the Administrator of Daman and Diu and the Director of Tourism of the Union Territory Administration as respondents to its petition.
The company wants the Bombay High Court to compel authorities in Daman and Diu to issue its license under Section 13A of the Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976.