In the wake of the controversy over spot-fixing in IPL matches, Sports Ministry has started holding consultations with the Law Ministry to draft a new law to deal with betting in sports.
Law Minister Kapil Sibal expressed the hope that the Government will be able to get a bill passed in the next session of Parliament.
Meanwhile, the BCCI on Sunday ordered an internal probe into the allegations of spot fixing in IPL and appointed its anti-corruption unit chief Ravi Sawani as the enquiry commissioner.
After a crucial working committee meeting in Chennai BCCI President N Srinivasan said that stern action will be taken against the players if found guilty.
He however admitted that BCCI’s anti corruption units have limitations and is handicapped to take action against bookies. He also said that the entire IPL cannot be seen in bad light due to the actions of the three arrested players.
IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla has said that the decisions taken by the BCCI working committee will help the game tackle the menace of fixing.
Union Minister Ajay Maken said that the BCCI the national governing body for cricket in India should come under the ambit of the RTI Act.
Against the backdrop of allegations of spot-fixing during IPL matches, Previous sports minister Maken tweeted from his personal account that BCCI should agree to come under RTI because any organisation entrusted with job of selecting a National Team can not call itself a Private Body.
Maken, who holds Housing portfolio at present, said the Centre has already taken a stand before Central Information Commission that BCCI should be under the ambit of the Information law.
According to section 2(h) of RTI Act, even a non-government organisation comes under the ambit of the transparency law if it is substantially financed, “directly or indirectly” by funds provided by the appropriate government.
Enforcement Directorate is likely to begin a money laundering probe into the recent allegations of spot-fixing in the ongoing IPL tournament.
Delhi Police has asked hotels in Mumbai, Chandigarh, Kolkata and Hyderabad to provide CCTV footage to scan meetings of the three arrested cricketers with bookies in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal.
Investigators are also looking into the bank accounts of the players to trace the flow of money and are trying to find out how it was spend. TV footages of three matches in question from the official broadcaster were also sought by the police.
Meanwhile, three more persons, a former Ranji player and two bookies were arrested from Aurangabad in connection with the spot-fixing case.
Sreesanth and the other two cricketers Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested in Mumbai on Thursday by Delhi Police for allegedly spot-fixing IPL matches for payments of up to 60 lakh Rupees just for giving away pre-determined number of runs in an over.