Govt plans new law to check match-fixing

Kapil SibalKapil Sibal said the confidence of the people in sports is shattered when such controversies erupt. (Reuters)

In the wake of the IPL spot-fixing controversy, the Centre has decided to bring a legislation to provide "strictest possible" punishment for match-fixing. Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal spoke to Sports Minister Jitendra Singh in this regard.

"Match-fixing destroys the confidence of the public who believe that all sporting events are fair and the outcomes are based on the performances of the sportspersons on the field. Any attempt to fix a match and its result cannot be allowed. I have asked the Secretary, Legislative, to come up with a proposed legislation to ensure that any attempt to fix matches, in any sport, attracts exemplary punishment," Sibal told The Indian Express.

"The present provisions of the IPC don't allow prosecution for match-fixing as it is not an offence. The nearest provision under which a player or someone who indulges in match-fixing or spot-fixing can be booked is Section 420 of the IPC, which deals with cheating or fraud. However, past experience of using this provision of IPC has not been very good, since many previous attempts to prosecute the accused have failed. That is why it is necessary to come up with a special enactment to deal with this," said Sibal.

Sources in the Law Ministry said Sibal has asked Union Legislative Secretary P K Malhotra to propose a legislation, which will then be discussed with the Sports Ministry and taken to the Cabinet for approval.

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