New Delhi, May 23: Finally after several days post the spot-fixing scam came into light, Sports Minister Jitendra Singh opened up to share his views on the happening that left the country gaping.
Singh today said he has been forced to hang his head in shame due to the IPL spot-fixing scandal, which is becoming bigger and murkier with each passing day, insisting that a deterrent law could have prevented the credibility crisis that cricket is facing right now, reported Outlook.
"It is very shameful. As a young person, as a sports fan, as the Sports Minister of the country, my head hangs in shame today," Jitendra told reporters.
"There should be some mechanism so that it doesn't happen again. And it is not only about cricket. We are talking about cricket because of this expose but there are other sports as well," he said.
The Law Ministry is trying to come up with a new anti-fixing legislation to deal with the spot-fixing menace after this scandal in which three Rajasthan Royals cricketers Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan, were arrested. During investigation, several other murky details of the betting racket are tumbling out everyday with police conducting country-wide raids to nab bookmakers, who have underworld connections.
"We are in touch with the Home Ministry and the Law Ministry to work out the law. We will consult the Attorney General before moving forward," said Jitendra.
"It is necessary that there is a law or a deterrent. There is no guarantee that this is not happening in other sports. Who knows it might have started in other sports as well," he cautioned.
When asked if the government should have come up with a an anti-fixing law when the first such cricketing scandal broke out in 2000, Jitendra said, "What has happened in the past, I can't comment on that but the government today is very proactive."
"There should have been a law earlier but better late than never," he added.
The Minister refused to comment on the links emerging between bookies and IPL team owners such as Chennai Super Kings' Gurunath Meiyappan.
"That's an investigation, I can't say anything on that," he said.