The Law Commission has come up with a set of recommendations to make BCCI a ‘public body’ or, in the alternative, a private body amenable to queries from the public under the Right to Information Act 2005.
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.
The fallout of a body getting classified as ‘state’ is that it would be subject to constitutional checks by the Supreme Court and high courts, and would face PILs questioning the fairness of its decisions.
Non-consideration of BCCI’s monopolistic role in regulating cricket had led to the board ducking under the RTI Act to encourage an environment of “opacity and non-accountability”, sources said.
Recalling a statement by the sports minister in Lok Sabha that the government already regarded BCCI as a national sports federation, the commission recommended that for removal of any doubt, the board may be explicitly mentioned in the list of NSFs given on the ministry’s website. “This express mention will automatically bring BCCI within the purview of RTI Act,” a source said