Has (corruption) stopped? There are laws made for murder too, but have they stopped happening?”
Former Indian Test cricket Madan Lal is more pragmatic. That money can be used for the betterment of the society, of the needy.
In any case, betting on sports is not even really illegal, considering that the colonial law of the Public Gambling Act, 1867 that prohibited all kids of gambling prior to 1947, has been defunct.
In 1996, the Supreme Court, responding to a petition seeking to outlaw betting on horse racing, ruled that it was legal as racing involves ‘skill’ rather than leaving things to pure chance. The Government will have to do it. But online betting, pertaining to the central law of the Information Technology Act, 2000, does not allow online betting on sports in other states.
But once again, the onus to make sports betting legal in the practical sense does not even lie with the central government’s ministry of sports. . Only Goa and Sikkim allow betting and gambling, with the The Sikkim Online Gaming (Regulation) Rules, 2009, allowing online sports betting within the state legal, subject to the operator holding a licence. “Betting is a tricky situation, but one can go ahead legalise it as it generates a lot of revenue. Instead, the 7th schedule in the Indian Constitution gives the states the power to create their own laws regarding betting. But many experts, while welcoming the Lodha committee’s recommendation to legalise cricket betting, are more skeptical about legalisation alone being helpful to crack down on cricketing corruption. Also a recommendation for match/spot-fixing to be made a criminal offence,” the report states. It lies with individual states, something that, rather ironically, makes politics get closer to the business of sports than what is being intended by the Lodha Committee for cricket administration reforms.
But despite the debate that ensued about the legalization of sports betting as part of a larger mechanism to clamp down on matchand spot-fixing, Sibal denied that there was any plans to regulate legal sports betting. “The BCCI cannot take the call on betting.
But the question now is how does one take this recommendation forward? It isn’t the BCCI or the Supreme Court that can possibly make sports betting legal, but the law ministry of the government of India. But who can come in front and bell the cat? Can someone come in front and say he’ll do it?” says former India Test captain Bishen Singh Bedi.”
The 1996 judgement on horse racing had kept quiet on betting in other sports, thereby leaving a grey area for states. Considering that cricket, too, involves the skill of its players, there should be no real objection to legal betting on cricket. The Bill itself is yet to see the light of day. “A recommendation is made to legalise betting (with strong safeguards), except for those covered by the BCCI and IPL regulations.
NEW DELHI: Experts and people manning illegal betting outfits say the Centre can earn as much as Rs 10,000-12,000 crore (assuming 30% rate of taxation on earnings) if the recommendation by the Lodha Committee report to make betting in cricket legal is acted upon. “Take a look at England or America (where betting in sports is legal). It can help them.”
In 2013, the then Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal had stated that the draft of a Prevention of Sporting Fraud Bill had been submitted to the sports ministry, which was being considered to be introduced in Parliament. There are a lot of athletes there who play hockey, football and other sports who really require the resources to play
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