India reiterates gambling should be banned

India’s Union Minister of Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, reiterated to the upper house of parliament that the Law Commission of India has recommended a complete ban on gambling.

Prasad stated that the commission has added that if a complete ban cannot be ensured, then parliament and state legislatures should consider legalising gambling and betting with certain regulations and safeguards, G.Laws reports.

The minister was reiterating the position in response to a question raised last week by an independent member of India’s upper house of parliament and former Samajwadi Party General Secretary, Amar Singh.

Singh raised a starred question in the upper house demanding to know whether the Law Commission had recommended legalising gambling and betting and the action taken by the government in relation to the Law Commission’s recommendations.

The Law Minister in his statement laid out in the Rajya Sabha did not respond to Singh’s query on the action taken, or proposed by the government in relation to regulating sports betting.