New Delhi/May 26
Indian government will formulate a law to curb match fixing or spot fixing or dishonest practices in any sporting event.
Indian Law and Justice minister Kapil Sibbal on Saturday said that the government is in the process of framing a Stand-alone Central legislation to check any activity of dishonest practice, match fixing/spot fixing in sporting events.
“The process to formulate law in this regard has been initiated as the Attorney General for India (AG). Dishonest practices like match fixing or spot fixing are so abhorrent to the concept of sport that they cannot fall within the concept of sports occurring in Entry 33 and as explained by the Supreme Court in the Cricket Association of Bengal case,” Sibbal said, adding that the power to regulate these activities cannot flow from the term sports in Entry 33.
Sibal further said that the Attorney General has also expressed the opinion that instead of going in for the amendments in the Indian Penal Code (IPC), it would be much better to have a Stand-alone legislation.
“The basic draft of the proposed legislation will be complete in next few days after which it will be sent to the Sports Ministry for further action and discussion with all the stakeholders,” Sibbal added.
Sibal added that Rajiv Shukla and Arun Jaitley have also expressed the urgent necessity and support for such a Central legislation. “We hope that the legislation will get the support of the opposition parties whenever it is tabled in Parliament,” Sibbal added.
It is worth mentioning here that the arrest of S Sreesanth and two other cricket players have opened can of worms for the BCCI with demand being made for the resignation of its chief N Srinivasan after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan. However, Srinivasan remained firm on his stance that he had done no wrong and he will not resign from the post of BCCI president.
Vindoo, son of legendary wrestler and actor, has revealed the name of Gurunath and had alleged that he had placed huge bets on IPL matches and had links with bookies.
Meanwhile, police authorities have launched crackdown on bookies with bookies being arrested from Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai and other states of India for spot fixing in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Gurunath was arrested and produced before a court in Mumbai on Saturday that had sent him to police custody for nine days. Mumbai’s crime branch will now interrogate Meiyappan about his relations with bookies and Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf who was reportedly in touch with bookies.
New Delhi/May 26