Law Commission recommends bringing BCCI under purview of RTI Act

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Law Commission recommends bringing BCCI under purview of RTI Act

The Law Commission of India on Wednesday recommended that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)be brought under the purview of the Right To Information (RTI) Act. 

The Law Commission of India on Wednesday recommended bringing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

In a 128-page report, the commission cites several reasons for its conclusion, including that the top governing body should be classified as 'State.'

The commission explained that even if the BCCI is considered a private organisation, it can still be termed a 'public authority' - "owing to its monopolistic character coupled with the public nature of its functions and the substantial financing it has received from appropriate Governments over the years (in the form of tax exemptions, land grants et al)..."

The report also said that other factors - including the national colours and the Ashoka Chakra on official cricket gear - should be considered.

"Non-consideration of the role played by BCCI as monopolistic in 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," it said.

"It is recommended that RTI Act be made applicable to BCCI along with all of its constituent member cricketing associations, provided they fulfill the criteria applicable to BCCI," it said.

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Justice Mukul Mudgal, whose committee was directed by the Supreme Court to conduct a probe against ICC President N Srinivasan and 12 prominent players in the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal, has endorsed the commission's recommendation.

However, Mudgal also said he did not want selection matters to come under RTI.

"I agree with the recommendation but it should not apply to selection. That will lead to problems as people will not be able to express themselves," he said.

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