India assesses sports betting legalisation

A formal project has not been introduced yet.

India may legalise online and land-based gaming sector in the following months.

India.- The National Law Commission informed yesterday its intentions to probe the international sports betting industry in order to set a project to legalise it in the country. The Indian organisation has started the discussion on the proceedings. The Commission assured residents they will consider every aspect of the sector worldwide before proposing anything.

Last July, the Supreme Court recommended the government to legalise sports betting and also to include the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which would give citizens the right to request information from a public authority about national activities.

“The recommendation made by the Committee that betting should be legalised by law 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 circumstances of the case,” revealed the Supreme Court’s recommendation.

Once the Law Commission issues an official legislation project, Indian stakeholders would be informed to develop the market. “We are examining all legal aspects of betting in sports. Once we make up our mind and prepare a skeleton in what direction we should proceed and what legal problems may arise, we will write to all the stakeholders,” commented Balbir Singh Chauhan, chairman at Law Commission of India.