Union law minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday said that the government was committed to bringing a “standalone” law at the earliest to deal with the “dishonest practices” in all kinds of sports.
The draft of the new law will be ready in three to four days. It will then be sent to the
sports ministry for further consultations and opinions of experts, he said addressing a press conference on Saturday.
"Dishonest practices like match-fixing and spot-fixing needed to be dealt with in a 'holistic manner' and the new law was favoured instead of mere amendments to the Indian Penal Code (IPC)," he said.
"In the fresh legislation, there will be a definition of 'dishonest practices' and will include any gesture or act which could change the course or outcome of a match or a tournament. It will deal with corporates, bookies and criminals besides the players, including international ones."
The proposed law, he said, had been favoured by attorney general GE Vahanvati as activities like match-fixing or spot-fixing were not covered under the present laws.
The new law will be as broadbased as possible and will cover not only cricket but all kinds of sports. However, it will not have retrospective effect.
He said that the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and Rajiv Shukla met him on Friday and favoured such a law, saying states would not be able to check such activities which have national and international dimensions.
“I expect the BCCI to do whatever it can to curb such practices,” he said in reply to a question.