Ex CBI chief suggests to legalise betting, gaming in sports

Photo of former CI director Ranjit Sinha.

Gangtok: Former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Ranjit Sinha today came forward to legalised betting and gaming in sports activities as by doing this it has massive potential to generate revenue from the people in games.

However, he further emphasised that proper rule should be implement and this is what he called “responsible gaming”.

The former CBI director said in Sikkim’s capital, “The business of sport betting and gaming exists, despite the ban. There is a stigma attached to it, but it is not very high on the government radar. The government should legalise it.”

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“With good regulation and responsible gaming, we can make it happen. Like it exists in Sikkim and helps increase revenue and employment in the state.”

He was speaking at a gaming event organised by the All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) on Saturday evening in the northeastern state-called ‘Las Vegas of India’ where casinos are allowed.

The former CBI chief also urged the gaming federation to take representatives from all sectors on board.

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The AIGF, formed in June 2016, said it is making efforts to make betting and gaming legal in areas where it can generate revenue, employment and boost tourism.