Fixers will try to manipulate betting bodies: Srivastava

New Delhi: Delhi Police`s Special Commissioner S N Srivastava, who is leading the Special Cell`s investigations into the IPL spot-fixing scandal, is against the idea of legalising sports betting in India as potential match-fixers have a chance of "manipulating" regulatory body.

"Just because we have failed to curb it, we should not resort towards regulating betting," Srivastava said during an interactive session on `Regulating Sports Betting: To Counter Match Fixing` organised by the FICCI.

"Even if we legalize betting or form a regulatory authority, does than guarantee a curb on betting?" Srivastava asked a pertinent question.

"Match fixers can use regulatory bodies to manipulate the players even more to do spot-fixing or match-fixing," he said.

Srivastava, believes that a specific law would have been helpful to convict the players who are allegedly involved in the case.

"We have been using IPC and MCOCA. We would file the chargesheet in the case very soon," he said.

"Till the new laws come up, we have to follow the Indian Gambling Act of 1955," he added.

He was also of the opinion that the Indian society, compared to the advanced countries where betting is legal, is not in a position to accept legalised betting.


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