New Delhi: The menace of match-fixing has raised its head every now and then in India and Anurag Thakur, the former chief of the BCCI, has advocated for a jail term of at least 10 years. It may receive support from some quarters as India has been affected by this menace even if at times it has been found null and void over a period of time.

A regulatory body for sports federations, with the same powers as are vested in a civil court, should be set up to check such frauds, the bill, which is likely to be tabled in the winter session of Parliament, proposes.

Thakur said all sports federations would report to the proposed National Sports Ethics Commission in matters related to doping, match fixing, fraud of age, sexual harassment of women and other unethical practices in sports.

According to the bill, the commission would comprise six members, including four retired judges of either the Supreme Court or a high court and the members would be appointed in consultation with the Chief Justice of India.

There are also provisions in the bill for stringent punishments and fines for various frauds by both sportspersons and coaches. “Any person found guilty of match fixing shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than 10 years and or with a fine which shall be five times the amount involved in the match fixing,” the bill says. (With PTI inputs)