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Last Updated Saturday November 18 2017 06:17 AM IST

Will money trump morality? Law panel mulls legalizing betting in sports

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New Delhi: The Law Commission, which is examining the issue of legalizing betting in cricket, may widen its scope to see whether a law can be brought to include other sports.

But the commission is treading cautiously as the issue involves morality, ethics and prevailing laws of the country.

The law panel was asked by the Supreme Court last year to examine whether betting on cricket can be allowed.

While examining the issue, it considered the possibility of widening the scope to include betting in other sports as it is taking place through Internet and is tough to check.

With a strong regulation, a new law can help the government earn crores of rupees as revenue.

While no final decision has been made, the commission is mulling working on a draft law on gambling. As the issue is associated with moral issues in the country, the panel will move cautiously, sources said.

"Betting has ruined families, therefore, issues of ethics and morality are involved. Moreover, if a new law is prepared, it would require changing come of the existing statutes," a functionary explained.

Commission chairman Justice B.S. Chauhan (Retd) was in London last month to attend a conference on gambling, lottery and betting.

He had asked regulators of countries where gambling and betting are legal to send inputs for the commission to study.

If at all a law comes up, it would require amending a few statutes like the Indian Contract Act.

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