SUPREME COURT AGREES TO HEAR PETITION SEEKING TO LEGALIZE SPORTS BETTING

PETITION SEEKING TO LEGALIZE SPORTS BETTING

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Supreme Court recently seeking its directions to the central government to regulate and legalise sports betting in India as per a report in the Times of India.

A division bench of Justices Dipak Mishra and AM Khanwilkar has reportedly concurred to hear the matter as well as the pending matters on cricket reforms, although full details regarding the petition and what transpired in court have not been fully disclosed.

According to news reports, the petitioner has said that legalising betting would be beneficial to the country and the government would generate revenue of around INR 12,000 crore a year by bringing in earnings from gambling and betting under the tax radar. He has further added that allowing betting would also allow the government to restrict corrupt activities such as match-fixing in sports.

Senior Advocate RS Suri as well as Advocate Reepak Kansal appeared for the petitioner in the issue.

The Law Commission of India is currently examining the matter of legalising sports betting and several committees including the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha committee on cricket reforms have suggested legalising sports betting and poker in India.

A copy of the order and further information are not immediately accessible in the public domain.