Betting should be legalised in India: Justice Mudgal


New Delhi: In connection to a report by the Special Investigating Team (SIT) which states that cricket betting is one of the key sources of black money generation, Justice Mukul Mudgal feels that betting which is an offence in India, should be legalised in India to prevent transaction of huge amount.

In a statement to the DNA, Mudgal claims,“The government should seriously consider to legalise the issue of betting to stop generation of black money in the cricket betting.”

Justice Mudgal was one of those persons who was the head of the panel that sought enquiry on the betting issue that surfaced in 2013. He also headed the probe in which Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra was found guilty of involving into cricket betting during the sixth edition of the IPL matches.

Mudgal seems quite keen to make betting legal in India. “When horse racing is legal in India. Why can’t betting in sports be legalised? At present, there is no specific law and the government should hold discussions with the stake holders to legalise the issue.” Mudgal further added. SIT was set up by the Supreme Court comprising two of its retired judges MB Shah (chairman) and Arijit Passayat (vice-chairman). The persons involved in betting are booked under various sections – 420 (cheating) and 409 (criminal breach of trust) of the IPC.