Indian Tax Authorities Suspicious of 15 Offshore Gambling Sites

A reliable source, who has begged to remain anonymous, has revealed that the income tax people in India are closely scrutinizing around 15 offshore betting sites that accept bets from Indians and permit bets to be placed on Indian matches.

Four websites, popular in India for their online betting services, have especially captured the attention of the income tax department. Betting is definitely illegal in India. However, the law is vague with regard to the legality of Indians betting at offshore betting sites. The above-mentioned source revealed that William Hill, Bet365, Betfair, and Ladbrokes are being closely scrutinized by the income tax department of India.

A number of investigative agencies probing into the financial scenario at IPL and investigating allegations that the 20-over cricket tournament is heavily betted on is one of the major factors responsible for the sudden focus of attention on offshore punting sites and Indian punters who enjoy their services.

The Income Tax people are also watching Betfred, 888Sport, Betclick, Betinternet, Blue Square, Paddy Power, Bodog, Sky Bet, Expekt, Victor Chandler and Stan James.

Supreme Court advocate Pawn Duggal, who specializes in Information Technology (IT) law, said that the legality of online gaming in India is vague. Since most of the anti-gambling laws in different states were implemented in pre-Internet days, they are not clear about the legality of online betting. The IT Act of 2000 and the amendments made to it in 2008 have nothing to say about online gaming. But, many feel that online betting is illegal, informed the lawyer.

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