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CBI to set up special cell to handle cases of fraud in sports

Jan 15, 2014 16:16 IST

Ranjit Sinha, the director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on 15 January 2014 announced to set-up a specialized unit to handle the cases related to sports fraud, fixing and illegal batting. The announcement was done at the FIFA-Interpol national workshop in New Delhi.

The unit to be constituted will act as a repository of intelligence on the data related to fraud and corruption in sports sector. Lack of the legal framework acts as the hindrance for CBI, while probing the cases related to sports fraud. CBI has taken a due notice of the menaces of corruption activities growing, which has played a key role as a challenge for football and other sports.

The CBI Director also said that the Sports Ministry is in the final stages of drafting a law that will tackle with corruption in Sports.

Background: Earlier, spot fixing and betting case arose during the 2013 Indian Premier League. On the charge of accusation of fixing the game Delhi Police arrested three cricketers Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan. All the three were the player of Rajasthan Royal IPL team in 2013. Apart from them, the Mumbai police arrested Vindu Dara Singh and Gurunath Meiyappan on betting charges and having links with the bookies.

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