New Delhi :  The Government is ready with a draft Bill to curb the sporting frauds with punishment of imprisonment up to five years with fine of Rs 10 lakh or five times the economic benefit derived by the person.

The Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry on Wednesday released the draft Bill meant for cleansing the sports in the country on its website inviting suggestions and comments from public and stakeholders by December 3 before it is tabled in Parliament for enactment of the law. The specialised legislation called The Prevention of Sporting Fraud Bill defines the sporting frauds and sporting events as also specifies that the offences specified in it will be tried by no court inferior to a metropolitan magistrate or the first class judicial magistrate.

A person will be committing the offence of the sporting fraud if he, directly or indirectly, manipulates or tries to manipulate the sports result or deliberately misapplies rules of the sport to remove or reduce all or part of the uncertainty normally associated with the results of any sporting event.

A player willfully failing to perform his true potential, unless for strategic or tactical reason to benefit the team or disclosing discloses insider information or fails to disclose knowledge of any attempt of the sporting fraud will be also booked on the charge of committing the fraud.

Whoever attempts or causes to commit the offence of sporting fraud or a person abetting fraud shall also be punishable with the same punishment as provided for the offence of the sporting fraud under the draft bill.

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