Law Commission turns to the state associations for guidance ahead of pivotal legalised betting review

The Law Commission of India has approached the The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in order to aide the scrutinisation of legalising betting in India.

Penning a letter to the board’s member associations, Sanjay Singh, member secretary of the Law Commission, said: “While the Law Commission has been reaching out to the various stakeholders to seek their observations and suggestions, it considers that the views of your association will be valuable in formulating its recommendations on betting.

“I would, therefore, request you to forward the views of the association on the matter to the Commission at the earliest, as we would like to submit our report in line with the directions of the Supreme Court, at an early date.”

Contention over legalised betting came to fruition in 2000 when a match-fixing scandal rocked the sport of cricket. A spot-fixing scandal in the IPL then led to the debate resurfacing in 2013, the scandal also brought about the formation of the Lodha Committee.

Although the committee recommended that legalised betting can have a beneficial effect on India’s economy, they did advise a complete overhaul of the cricket administration in India. They also strongly advised that  far stricter safeguards be implemented in order to eradicate the threat of match-fixing. 

Horse racing is currently the sole sport in which betting is legal in India, however this has led to a widespread problem, of unregulated gambling with illegal bookmakers being run underground.