Indian cricket needs to look within4 min read . Updated: 20 Jun 2013, 06:12 PM IST
Devoting India's stretched criminal justice system to check corruption in cricket is a misguided effort
In response to the match and spot-fixing allegations that have embroiled the Indian Premier League (IPL), a common refrain has been a demand for a law criminalizing such actions. Union law minister Kapil Sibal said a draft legislation, which treats “any act, signal or contact through technology or otherwise, which changes the course or outcome of a game," as an offence is already in the works. This change, it is believed, will plug the vacuum in prevailing legislation under which it is nearly impossible to prosecute players for fixing games, as the recent order granting bail to Sreesanth and others revealed. But regardless of the perceived immorality of these acts, will it not be irresponsible to deploy a flailing criminal justice system to prosecute such acts when there are other effective solutions to mend the problem?
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