IPL spot-fixing: govt to seek Attorney General’s opinion

Attorney General’s opinion would be sought whether there can be a national legislation to deal with such unfair practices
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First Published: Wed, May 22 2013. 01 26 AM IST
Law minister Kapil Sibal. Sibal said Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati was travelling abroad and as soon as he returns, he would be requested to look into the spot fixing issue. Photo: Mint
Law minister Kapil Sibal. Sibal said Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati was travelling abroad and as soon as he returns, he would be requested to look into the spot fixing issue. Photo: Mint
New Delhi: Following the shocking arrests of three IPL players on charges of spot fixing, the government on Tuesday said it would seek the Attorney General’s opinion on whether there can be a national legislation to deal with such unfair practices.
“At the moment what we are trying to do is to reflect on whether there can be a national legislation on this because sports under entry 33 of list two is a state subject. Betting and gambling under entry 35 of list two is also a state subject,” law minister Kapil Sibal said.
“Prima facie we believe this is neither betting nor gambling. It is in fact an activity or unfair practice that changes the outcome of the game. But these issues are complex and legal in nature. We have decided to put up the case for opinion to the Attorney General of India,” he added.
The minister said that currently, Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati was travelling abroad and as soon as he returns he would be requested to look into the spot fixing issue.
“If he clears and opines that a national legislation can be drafted then of course we will do that and then request the sports ministry to take it forward so that they can take it to the cabinet and Parliament. In the meantime, I will be talking to the sports minister on the issue,” Sibal added.
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