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Govt mulling new law to deal with betting in sports: Sibal
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New Delhi, May 19, 2013
First Published: 19:04 IST(19/5/2013)
Last Updated: 11:17 IST(20/5/2013)
Mumbai crime branch seized a laptop and some other articles from a room in a luxury hotel in Mumbai which was occupied by S Sreesanth before his arrest on the charge of spot-fixing T20 matches. HT Photo

In the wake of controversy over spot-fixing in T20 matches, the sports ministry has started holding consultations with the law ministry to draft a new law to deal with betting in sports.

"Yes, I talked to (sports minister) Jitendra Singh... We will soon draft a new law to deal with the malice of betting," law minister Kapil Sibal said in New Delhi on Sunday.

He said the confidence of the people in sports is shattered when such controversies erupt.

While people think whatever is happening in the field is in the interest of the game, facts turn out to be otherwise, the minister said.

 The T20 League was dealt a massive blow when Special Cell of Delhi Police arrested pacer S Sreesanth and his Rajasthan Royals teammates -- Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- on Thursday for allegedly indulging in spot-fixing in at least three T20 matches as per arrangements with bookies who are suspected to have underworld connections abroad.

Delhi Police on Sudnay arrested three more in the spot-fixing scandal including a former Ranji player.

The police have 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 spot-fixing case.

Police are also planning to seek permission for collecting voice samples of the players.


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