IPL fixing allegations May 23, 2013

India's sports bill draft to be ready by June 30, says minister

ESPNcricinfo staff

India's sports minister Jitendra Singh, who is "embarrassed and sad" about the alleged spot-fixing in the IPL, has said the sports bill that is currently being drafted should be ready in full by June 30. Speaking to television channel CNN IBN, Singh said: "I feel it's very important for a very strict law, that processes are implemented not only in cricket but in other sports also. Cricket has just been exposed, but there might be things happening in other sports too. I think it is very important to put in safeguards against these."

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), Singh said, had been roped in to help draft the bill. "The biggest achievement we have done is we have got IOC on board to help us draft the sports bill. The sports bill is being drafted, Justice Mudgal is drafting it.

"For the first time we've brought in sportspersons, we've brought in lawyers who fight for sport, we've brought in people from all walks of life into the committee to draft the sports bill. And we've given them a deadline - June 30 - to draft the sports bill."

In wake of the alleged fixing, India's law minister Kapil Sibal had met Singh earlier in the week to discuss the bill. Then, Sibal had said past instances of fixing in sports in India, where attempts to prosecute the perpetrators failed due to lack of legislation dealing solely with the issue, proved it was necessary to work on such a law.

The three Rajasthan Royals cricketers currently in custody - Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - have been charged under three sections of the Indian Penal Code that deal with cheating, criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust.

In other developments, the income tax department of India has reportedly initiated a probe into the hawala and illegal cash transactions involved in the alleged spot-fixing, and will interrogate the cricketers and bookies being detained about the same.

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  • harish on May 24, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    There should be a mandatory announcement in every break saying that if you get into Fixing, then you are doomed. It could create a fear and probably chuck out couple of guys on that particular day.

  • JAYARAMAN on May 24, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    Cricket in India is affected by spot fixng. One should be clear in his mind that the bookies will jump into any other sport or any event etc. if they such sport or event is popular. So the law to be enacted should cover all aspects besides cricket.

  • Phanindra on May 23, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    Good to see Indians finally acknowledging the problem and working towards fixing the problem. Good luck to the Indian sports minister, hope they will get it done by June 30th and the bill become a model for other countries. Please give cricket back to where it belongs, that is on the cricket field.

  • Keith on May 23, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    I must wonder at the content and intent of this bill. Suddenly, after nearly two decades of often intense scandal in the cricket and other sport, the India government now plans to introduce its first serious legislative response in just about a month. Perhaps all has been in readiness for the right moment to act, but that is not typically how parliamentary politics works. While law can provide an essential foundation for proper behaviour, it can also create a proverbial train wreck in the yard if handled without due regard for the complexity of the challenges involved. As the old saying goes, "the devil is in the details". What details will the proposed bill entertain? Shall the respected sports minister be sharing these with the public, or will it all come as a shock sometime around 30 June?

  • Venkat on May 23, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Better late than never. Unless there are stringent deterrent in place the easy lure of all the seven deadly sins pass off for jazz and razmatazzz....and if the ruler is going to turn the other way, the razmatazzz progresses to crimes and fixing and what not.

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