BCCI gets rapped on its knuckles by Law Commission, could soon come under ambit of RTI Act

The BCCI at present works as a private entity under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, and if the government accepts the Law Commission's recommendations, it will have far-reaching consequences for how cricket is run in the country.

FirstCricket Staff, February 12, 2018

In another effort to impose checks, balances and accountability on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Law Commission has now suggested that the apex cricket body of the country be made into a 'public body', or at least a private body that will be under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

The panel had finalised its report and will soon submit it for the consideration of Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, according to a report in The Times of India. "We have found that BCCI is eminently qualified to be classified as 'state' under Article 12 of the Constitution," Law Commission chairman Justice BS Chauhan was quoted as saying by the daily.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The BCCI at present works as a private entity under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, and if the government accepts the Law Commission's recommendations, it will have far-reaching consequences for how cricket is run in the country.

For starters, if the BCCI gets classified as a 'state' entity, it will be subjected to constitutional checks by the Supreme Court and high courts and would have to be open to public interest litigations (PILs) questioning the fairness and propriety of its decisions.

So for instance, there may be PILs over the selection of certain players and the exclusion of others in the Indian team, or over agreements signed by the BCCI with the International Cricket Council (ICC) or other cricket nations.

According to Times of India sources, the panel unanimously decided to suggest that the BCCI be classified as a public body under the RTI Act, given the board's monopoly over the most popular and cash-rich game in India, the public nature of the board's work and the considerable financial support it receives from the government in the shape of tax exemptions, allotment etc.

The Supreme Court, in its judgment of July 2016, had asked the Law Commission to examine legal requirements to bring the BCCI under the RTI Act.

The law panel opined that the BCCI always aligned cricketing relations with other countries according to the goverment's foreign policy and nominated players for the Arjuna award. Also, players displayed the national colours on their kits, and more often than not, a politician from a ruling party headed the board, as had NKP Salve, Madhavrao Scindia, RS Mahendra, Sharad Pawar and Anurag Thakur.

The panel comprising Justice Chauhan and members Justice Ravi R Tripathi, S Sivakumar and Sanjay Singh, reached their decision after thoroughly going through the law, Supreme Court judgments and views from the public.

The panel recalled the Union sports minister's statement in Parliament that the government already looked at the BCCI as a national sports federation (NSF) . It recommended thus that the BCCI may explicitly be mentioned as an NSF in the list given in the website of the sports ministry. Clear-cut classification as an NSF will automatically bring the BCCI under RTI ambit, the Times of India source said.

Updated Date: Feb 12, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114