The Board of Control for Cricket in India got a much-needed relief for four weeks at least as the Madras High Court has stayed the Central Information Commission’s ruling that stated BCCI should under RTI Act. BCCI has always opposed the idea stating that it is an autonomous body.
It was back in 2013 that the BCCI had gone to Madras High Court and managed to obtain a stay on the proceedings. CIC was on the same page as the Supreme Court following the stay, agreeing that it was for Parliament to pass a law on the matter before the changed
BCCI has always been against the idea for obvious reason and their counsel PR Raman told TOI why the cricket body cannot be brought under the RTI purview without the Parliament making amendments to the law.
“The question being asked is, who gave you the authority to select the Indian team. Is it the BCCI Team or the Indian Team? Who asked you to wear the Tricolour on the cap and T-Shirt? Isn’t it illegal to do so? Where are we going with
“It is practically not possible to put BCCI under the RTI because it is not an institution under the state. One will have to consider what are the exact parameters by which you can put an institution under the RTI?” said Raman
“BCCI does not receive any funds from the state, is an autonomous body and there is no government control over the BCCI. These are the basic parameters under which one will have to decide whether the board comes under the RTI or not. And there may be several eminent people who say that it is desirable that the BCCI comes under the RTI but it is for the Parliament to decide this. Unless the Parliament makes a law, it is not possible to bring BCCI under the RTI,” he further added.