Justice Mukul Mudgal, who headed the team that conducted an inquiry into the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing and betting scandals of the previous decade, recently opined that sports betting ought to be legalized in India.
In an exclusive interview with Indranil Basu on Sportskeeda Cricket’s Facebook page, the previous chief justice of the Punjab court expressed the legalizing sports betting within the country would have a spread of advantages.
When asked regarding however he has continually been an advocate of legalizing sports betting, Mukul Mudgal said that the black money that presently goes to the criminal underworld can become white
“In the Mudgal Committee report, all 3 of us recommended that sports betting should be legalized and there were reasons for it. One – all the money is black money. Two – the money goes to the underworld. All the sports bodies have programs where you can come to know of suspicious betting”
It’ll benefit sports, people, and the government enormously: Mukul Mudgal
Mukul Mudgal continued by claiming that the revenue generated from legal betting can greatly profit the govt.
“Legalise betting, the government will get enormous revenue. Also, appoint a gaming commission to control betting, and it’s all white – you tax it. The white money comes into the mainstream.”
“It’s a big call but if the government does take it, it’ll benefit sports, it’ll benefit the public, and it’ll benefit the government enormously.”
The former decides of the Delhi high court has continuously been an outspoken believer within the legalization of sports betting, and he’s not the only one. Justice Lodha, along with the other 3 members of the Mudgal Committee, has conjointly spoken in favour of the motion.
Recently, Indian politician Shashi Tharoor expressed that it’d greatly cut back the money that’s unaccounted for and match-fixing. The 64-year-old expressed his surprise that the Indian government has not legalised sports betting, however, given how much it may gain the advantage of the country.