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BCCI not covered by RTI law
Press Trust of India
Friday, January 25, 2008 7:42 PM (New Delhi)
Reported by NDTV.com: BCCI not covered by RTI law
The country's apex cricket governing body BCCI could not be made accountable to provide information to citizens under the Right to Information law, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has held.
In a recent order, the CIC rejected a citizen's plea to seek from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) certain information about its affairs.
Nagpur-based Anil Chintaman Khare in his RTI application had submitted that BCCI was registered under the Societies Registration Act and should be termed a "public authority" for the purposes of making it accountable under the transparency law.
The BCCI, however, contested the applicant's claim stating that despite being registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, it was not constituted under the Constitution or any law made by the Parliament or any state legislature.
Concurring with BCCI's stand, Information Commissioner Padma Balasubramanian said: "Registration under an Act is different from being established under it. Merely because BCCI is registered under the Societies Registration Act, does not bring it under the purview of RTI Act."
In its arguments before the Commission, the BCCI had contended that it did not receive any funds, directly or indirectly, from the Centre and also did not have on its board any nominee from any government.
The applicant said BCCI received a lot of tax benefits from the government and hence should be made answerable to the people of the country.
The Commission came to its decision after finding that BCCI did not fall under any of the categories required to bring any public office under the RTI Act.
Maharashtra Gas Limited (MGL) which supplies pipeline gas to Mumbai has been ruled as a Public Authority.
The full decision of the CIC is attached to this post.
It has many arguments for and against being a Public Authority - will be interesting for members to note for future references.
The appellant was Mr Semlani, a RTI Activist, who passed away recently in Mumbai at the age of 72.