“When all other national sports federations are covered under RTI Act, why not BCCI,” Law Commission said.
The Law Commission of India on Wednesday recommended the central government to include the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with its constituent member cricketing associations under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
It also said non-consideration of the role played by the BCCI as “monopolistic” in the regulation of the game of cricket has resulted in the board “flying under the radar of public scrutiny, encouraged an environment of opacity and non-accountability”.
In July 2016, the Supreme Court asked the Commission to recommend whether the board can be brought under the Right to Information Act.
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 BCCI as a public body or an organization 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 BCCI with other cricket playing nations and the International Cricket Council.
Doesn’t look like BCCI is perturbed.
“The BCCI has no role in this matter. It’s a recommendation by the Law Commission and we will wait for government’s decision on it. As far as our knowledge goes, Law Commission’s recommendations are not binding unless Parliament decides on it. So it’s just wait and watch for us,” a senior BCCI functionary told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Nonetheless, what will be interesting will be when the commissions’ recommendations are taken by lawmakers who have closely been associated with the BCCI, some even being office bearers.