The Law Commission of India on Wednesday said that the BCCI should be classified as a national sports federation and brought under the RTI.
The Commission notes that it falls under the definition of a public authority.
Almost two years ago, SC had asked the commission to recommend whether the Board of Control for Cricket in India can be brought under the RTI Act.
The report, submitted to the Law Ministry on Wednesday states that BCCI needs to be classified as ‘state’ within the meaning of Article 12 of the constitution.
“Non-consideration of the role played by 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 the past, this has probably given an impression in the minds of the general public that corruption and other forms of malpractices are adversely affecting one of the most popular sports played in India human rights are sacrosanct and innately associated with the human personality,” reads the report.
“As per the statement made in the Lok Sabha, the Central Government has already been regarding BCCI as a National Sports Federation and hence, it is recommended that, for the removal of any doubt, the same be explicitly mentioned in the list of NSFs available on the ministry’s website. This express mention would automatically bring BCCI within the purview of RTI Act,” stated the Law Commission.
BCCI is the world’s richest cricket body. Registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Act, it functions as a private entity.