As Lodha did to BCCI, racing too needs SC intervention to cleanse the sport

Muneer and Kirti Patil
Monday, 31 July 2017

Pune: Just as the Justice RM Lodha committee shook the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) with huge set of reforms, Indian racing too needs an intervention from Supreme Court for cleansing the sport that has deep-rooted mess which no one dares to clear up, racing punters feel.

Pune: Just as the Justice RM Lodha committee shook the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) with huge set of reforms, Indian racing too needs an intervention from Supreme Court for cleansing the sport that has deep-rooted mess which no one dares to clear up, racing punters feel.

The racing industry has so many issues, scams and corruption, the punters alleged. Investigations have revealed maximum complaints of not only looting Government taxes and finances, but also the common racegoer who pays for his entrance tickets.

“Dope tests are seldom and far between and many races are ‘made’. Many a time tests are done one or two days in advance and not after the race, which is a clear case of making the race,” said another punter.

Also there have been cases of taxes being collected but not remitted to the government causing crores of losses to the tax authorities.

“To get these breeder lobby committee members to task is most important. There are a few bookmakers and government staff in Pune and Mumbai who are allowing this to happen and that calls for the Supreme Court to crack its whip,” said the punter.

The Racing industry
The Racing Industry employs more than 2-3 lakh employees at various race courses and stud farms in India and unfortunately, slavery exists there.

Cases have come to the fore wherein breeders sell horses for certain amount, but on paper much lower rate in mentioned to save on taxes.

The remedies
One of the first step that the government should take is to fix CCTV cameras at each bookmakers’ betting stalls to check illegal betting that leads to losses to the Government exchequer.

The Pune Race course has been using canal water for free for many years now. Government should start charge on water too as almost 3-4 lakh litres water is being used every day.

Then the Government should bring in more nominees from the racing public to ensure fair racing.
 

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