News4u-Sports Desk- 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.
Government contemplates bringing a new law against betting in the wake of IPL spot-fixing scandal
N Srinivasan promises stern action if players are found guilty
Law Minister Kapil Sibal today expressed the hope that the Government will be able to get a bill passed in the next session of Parliament.
The BCCI today 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 today 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.
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.
IPL Commissioner Rajiv Shukla has said that the decisions taken by the BCCI working committee will help the game tackle the menace of fixing.