BCCI must be under RTI just like other sports bodies: Law Commission
New Delhi, April 18 - The Law Commission of India has recommended that the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) should come under the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act just as other national sports bodies do, stressing that it sees no reason why "BCCI should be an exception".
In its latest report titled "Legal Framework: BCCI vis-à-vis RTI Act" released on Wednesday, the Law Commission has noted that the BCCI, though regarded as a private body, "virtually acts as a National Sports Federation (NSF)" and that as per a statement in the Lok Sabha "the central government has already been regarding BCCI as an NSF".
"Since all other sports bodies which are listed as NSFs are covered under the RTI Act, it is inconceivable as to why BCCI should be an exception," the Commission observed in its report.
"It is recommended that, the same be explicitly mentioned in the list of NSFs available on the website of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. This express mention would automatically bring BCCI within the purview of RTI Act," it said.