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Law Commission of India issues public notice inviting suggestions on gambling and betting legalisation

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The Law Commission of India has issued a public notice inviting suggestions from stakeholders and members of the general public on whether gambling and betting should be legalised.

The Law Commission in its notice has stated that the Supreme Court while passing an order on the Lodha committee recommendations had directed the Law Commission and the government to consider the suggestion of legalising betting.

The Commission also noted that since the issue of gambling and betting is linked, it would study the possibility of legalising both betting and gambling and do a comprehensive study of the existing laws.  The notice states that there is a strong case that legalising gambling and betting will earn tax revenues and makes the following preliminary observations on the issue of betting and gambling:

Various media reports time and again point out that betting and gambling, though not legal in India, is practised across the country clandestinely. These reports argue that many families are rendered bankrupt and many people are behind the bars owing to these practices. Strict rules against betting and gambling have not necessarily acted as a deterrent. Online gambling and betting is another area which has become very difficult to curb. It is understood that a lot of money is involved in illegal gambling business, creating almost a parallel economy, converting legally earned money into black money that is drained to gambling operators in other countries online.

The Commission has been mulling this idea for quite some time now. Discussions were initiated with some of the stakeholders and the Commission is working towards a possible report. Will legalizing betting and gambling help in curbing the illegal activities undertaken by the citizens of our country in this regard? Will licensing such activities help the Government earn substantial revenue and generate employment? How far will legalizing betting and gambling be morally correct in the Indian circumstances? What could be a possible model by which the people engaging in such activities can be safeguarded against bankruptcy? If legalized, should foreign betting and gambling companies be allowed to have a foothold in the country? These are certain basic areas that need to be addressed, along with any other issues that may come up while considering the matter.

Law Commission Chairman Justice (retired) BS Chauhan has attended several discussion sessions with stakeholders on the issue of legalising gambling and betting. Justice Chauhan had also visited ICE in February this year to understand the regulatory framework of gambling and betting in other International jurisdictions.

The Commission has given a time period of  thirty days within which any person can send his/her suggestions through post or email.

Jay has researched extensively on gaming laws and has been cited by various media houses and journals as an expert. He has helped leading newspapers in their stories on gaming laws. Jay completed his B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from NUJS, Kolkata in 2015 and is currently based out of Mumbai.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Savar jai singh

    May 30, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    10000 percent yes

  2. Shreya

    May 30, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Yes, Make Betting Legal In India ?

  3. Parth

    May 30, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Yes it can be legal

  4. Parth

    May 30, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    It can be legal

  5. kranti

    June 2, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    with proper rules and regulations set to betting ,yes supreme court should allow betting legalisation

  6. Karan Thawrani

    June 5, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Yes. Gambling and betting should be made legal. If websites like Dream11 and Moneyball9 can be made legal then why not betting? What is the email or postal address where I can send my views across to?

  7. ramesh

    June 14, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    online betting legalise its good idea

  8. ramesh

    June 14, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    betting hamare country ki nature ban chuki hai,aur apne local area laws ki majak udae ja rehi hai is lia legalise ho…..I strongly believe that betting should be legalised in india

    In a country like india where government fights to raise fund and the people fights for employment . I think these both problems can be solved by legalising betting as the government can earn taxes and the people can get employment from my point of view betting is another game with economic benefits….As we think about the middle class man they are more prudent than the rich and they very well know where to invest their hard earned money…

  9. ramesh

    June 14, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    govt betting legalise kar every middile class man k lea khud (indian bet rupees)ibr limit kar de,,,,,,taki looser hone par bhi govt ki nazar par ho.

  10. RAmesh

    June 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Yes… It should be legalised. Illegal money become legal with revenue to the government in the form of taxes.

  11. bhupendra singh

    July 3, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    law commisison ko jyada wait nahi karna chahia ,indian public 101%betting legalise ke paksh ko ignore nahi.aur sath hi matka betting mini lottery bhi legal ho india.

  12. bhupendra singh

    July 3, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    aj hamare desh din me 15 crore ki karobar ratan katri ka matka betting ki hai jo ki illigaly hai is per bhi focus ho,thanx

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