Private member’s bill sparks online gambling debate

A private member’s bill recently introduced in parliament is expected to give fresh impetus to the debate on legalizing online gaming and sports betting in India, potentially unlocking one of the world’s largest sports betting markets. The bill was introduced by politician Shashi Tharoor, who belongs to the main Indian National Congress opposition party. According to experts, including legal practitioners who have studied it closely, the bill is well timed and could be an important step towards legalising or regulating betting and gambling activities in India. Based on the recommendations of the Justice Chauhan Commission report last year, the bill proposes the establishment of an overarching body to regulate online gaming and sports betting in India. It criminalises sports fraud, including match-fixing and aims to put a check on the flourishing online gaming market in India, which is operating mostly in a legal grey zone as the central government has not...

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