Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should be under RTI – Law Commission

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Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should be under RTI – Law Commission

The Law Commission of India has recommended that the Indian cricket board, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), should be brought under the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) Act.

It is recommended that RTI Act be made applicable to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with all of its constituent member cricketing associations, provided they fulfil the criteria applicable to Board of Control for Cricket in India, the commission said on Wednesday.

The Commission said that non-consideration of the role played by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as monopolistic in regulation of the game of cricket had resulted in the board “flying under the radar of public scrutiny, encouraged an environment of opacity and non-accountability”.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the world’s richest cricket body, operates as a private entity under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act.

If the government accepts the commission’s recommendations and classifies Board of Control for Cricket in India as a public body or an organisation under the RTI Act, anyone can file PILs in the SC or HCs questioning the selection of players representing India, states and zones. PILs could also question the agreements signed by Board of Control for Cricket in India with other cricket playing nations and the International Cricket Council.

In July 2016, the Supreme Court asked the Commission to recommend whether the board can be brought under the Right to Information Act.

The report, submitted to the Law Ministry on Wednesday, states that the Board of Control for Cricket in India ought to be classified as ‘state’ within the meaning of Article 12 of the Constitution.

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