CBI chief's rape comment sparks outrage

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CBI chief's rape comment sparks outrage
New Delhi, Nov 13: CBI Director Ranjit Sinha on Tuesday stirred up a hornet's nest by equating betting in IPL to rape.

He said there was no harm in legalising betting as there was no point in a ban which could not be enforced.

Sinha, who was on the panel of a session, "Ethics and Integrity in sports-- need for a law and role of CBI", was asked by senior editor Shekhar Gupta on his views about legalising betting, he said there was no harm in legalising betting in the country. "If you cannot enforce the ban on betting, it is like saying 'if you can't prevent rape, you enjoy it'", Mr Sinha said.

Sinha further said, "If we can have lottery in states, if we can have casinos at holiday resorts, if the government can declare schemes of voluntary disclosure for black money, so what's the harm in legalising betting?".

However, representatives from CBI later clarified that the context in which the Mr Sinha made the statement was only an opinion on legalising betting.

Cricketer Rahul Dravid, who was a special guest at the session, said legalising betting was a subject on which a call had to be taken by the law enforcement agencies.

"I think if the law enforcement authorities actually do feel that legalising betting will lead to better governance and reduce corruption, then I am all for it," he said.

Chief of the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India or BCCI, said legalising betting will not help reduce corruption in the game.

Mr Sawani, in his presentation, said in each IPL game, legal bets from one exchange in the United Kingdom are about Rs. 440 crore whereas for the tournament, bets worth Rs. 66,000 crore approximately are placed which include illegal betting syndicates as well.


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