New Delhi: The Union ministries of sports and law have started consultations to draft a new law to deal with betting in sports, in the wake of the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal, even as further steps are being taken against the three players accused in the scam.
"Yes, I talked to Sports Minister Jitendra Singh. We will soon draft a new law to deal with the menace of betting," Law Minister Kapil Sibal said in the capital today. "The confidence of 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." On Thursday, the Special Cell of Delhi Police had arrested pacer S Sreesanth and his Rajasthan Royals teammates, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan for alleged spot-fixing in at least three IPL matches in arrangements with bookies suspected of underworld connections abroad.
Delhi Police today arrested three more people, 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. Police are also planning to seek permission for collecting voice samples of the players.
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