"If you cannot enforce the ban on betting, it is like saying 'if you can't prevent rape, you enjoy it'", Sinha said. (Agencies)
"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? Besides you'll have enforcement agencies to look into it," he said, adding that it’s easy to call for ban than to enforce it.
When informed by a delegate during the session that officials of cricket bodies have been termed as public servants by the Supreme Court and can now be probed by CBI and states' anti-corruption agencies, Sinha said it was a revelation and he would not hesitate to probe cases of corruption if need arises.
Earlier, speaking on the occasion, ace cricketer Rahul Dravid, who was special guest at the panel, said legalizing betting is one subject on which call has 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.
When the question was posed to Ravi Sawani, chief of BCCI's Anti Corruption and Security Unit, he said legalizing betting will in no way help reducing corruption from the game.
In his presentation, Sawani said that legal bets from one exchange in the UK are about Rs 440 crore in each IPL game, whereas the figure is around Rs 66,000 crore for entire tournament.
"If you cannot enforce the ban on betting, it is like saying 'if you can't prevent rape, you enjoy it'", Sinha said.