New Delhi: Sports Ministry on Wednesday joined the growing chorus to seek resignation of embattled BCCI chief N Srinivasan.

After senior Board officials such as IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla, vice-president Arun Jaitley and Jyotiraditya Scindia urged him to step aside, the Ministry has also sought his ouster.

"BCCI is inquiring into allegations of match and spot-fixing. As there is a conflict of interest in this inquiry, therefore BCCI chief should tender his resignation on moral grounds, pending the outcome of the inquiry," the Ministry said in a statement.

The Ministry said it is observing the unfolding events "with considerable disquiet" and reiterated its commitment towards a strong anti-corruption law for sports. "The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is in favour of a law to curb malpractices in all sports. It will send its comments on the bill drafted by the Law Ministry, and is looking forward to working with the Law Ministry and other stakeholders for the development of a comprehensive law against match and spot-fixing," the statement said.

The Ministry, meanwhile, rejected reports that it was in favour of legalizing betting to curb corruption in sports. "The Ministry of Sports has also observed that a section of the Media has reported that it is in favour of a law regularizing betting in the sporting events in the country,” it said.

"The Ministry clarifies that betting is a State Subject and cannot be part of a Central law. The Ministry has made no recommendations to regularise betting to the Law Ministry or to any other organization," it said.


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