The State government on Wednesday informed the Madras High Court that it has passed a Bill concerning the ban on online games and online gambling, in view of which the petitions challenging the government's ordinance on the issue may be infructuous. .The High Court Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, however, has kept the petitions pending and allowed the petitioners (online rummy companies) to challenge the Act once it has been assented to by the Tamil Nadu Governor. .When the matter appeared yesterday morning, Senior advocate AM Singhvi, for a petitioner, told the Court at the outset that the government's counter had been served on the petitioner only a day earlier. All the same, he submitted that he was prepared to argue the matter without filing a rejoinder since there is urgency involved.."Apparently, some new bill is again proposed...they want to make these whole proceedings infructuous", he submitted. .Act against Online Gambling may be tabled in TN Legislative Assembly next January: Advocate General tells Madras High Court.Singhvi further expressed concern that the passage of the Bill would also be used to stall the court proceedings further.. Appearing for the State, Advocate General Vijay Narayan informed the Court that the Bill has already been passed and that it has been sent to the Governor for his assent. On the Court's query, he also added that the ordinance has been substantially modified in the Bill. .In this backdrop, the Court opined that it would be better to keep the present petitions pending so that the petitioners may file a supplementary affidavit with additional prayers to challenge the Act once the Bill receives the President's assent and becomes an Act, "instead of matter going into tailspin."."... we will permit you to file a supplementary affidavit permitting you whatever you to say whatever you say", Chief Justice Banerjee asssured the petitioners. .While asking the counsel which date would be convienient for the Court to hold an afternoon hearing the matter, Chief Justice Banerjee added, "Give us a clear date, in the afternoon we will play rummy…We hope you deal out good cards to us.".The matter was eventually posted for hearing on March 19 at 2.15 pm."In the light of such subsequent events, leave is given to the petitioners to file a supplementary affidavit to challenge the Act after it receives assent. Such an affidavit will be filed within five days of the Governors' assent being obtained. The supplementary affidavit may include additional prayers. The respondents will have 10 days thereafter to file their counter to the supplementary affidavit... It will be open to the petitioners to have a rejoinder, if necessary, if ready", reads the Court's order today. .Senior Advocate PS Raman appeared for petitioner, Junglee whereas Senior Advocate Mohan Parasaran appeared for another petitioner, Gameskraft Technologies today.