Law Commission seeks BCCI members’ views on betting and gambling

Member secretary of the LCI wrote to the state association members of the BCCI seeking their views on betting and gambling.

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Following a mandate from the Supreme Court of India to examine the possibility of legalising betting in India, the Law Commission of India (LCI) has begun the process of ascertaining the views of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) members on the matter.

In a letter addressed to the state association members of the BCCI, Dr. Sanjay Singh, member secretary of the LCI has said: "While the LCI has been reaching out to the various stakeholders to seek their observations and suggestions, it considers that the views of your association will be valuable in formulating its recommendations on betting. May I add here that keeping in view the intertwining nature of betting and gambling, the Commission has decided to consider examination of both, betting and gambling."

While endorsing the Justice Lodha Committee recommendations on July 18, 2016, including that betting should be legalised, the Supreme Court has said that "It involves the enactment of a law, which is a matter that may be examined by the Law Commission and the Government for such action as it may consider necessary in the facts and the circumstances of the case."

The LCI has told the BCCI members that their views will be submitted to the apex court.  "We have to place the LCI’s letter before our committee," said Abhay Apte, President, Maharashtra Cricket Association.