The Law Commission has suggested a major change to make the functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) more transparent. The commission has suggested bringing the BCCI under RTI (Right to Information). Let me tell you that the BCCI has got the exemption due to being a private body under RTI. It was suggested to increase transparency and eliminate corruption in the world’s richest cricket board. The commission has suggested in its report that the BCCI should be seen as a public institution in place of the private cricket body. At present, the BCCI is registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, but if the recommendations of the Law Commission apply, then it can be converted into the public institution.
The report submitted to the Law Ministry states that the BCCI should be classified as ‘State’ under Article 12 of the Constitution. The commission said that BCCI works as an institution of the state. The recommendation says, “BCCI gets big discounts from the government in case of tax exemption and land.” The Law Commission rejected the BCCI’s defence, in which he had argued for being a private body and asking himself to be kept out of RTI.
If the central government considers the reports of the Law Commission, then there may be seen some considerable changes in the BCCI. The demand for the Law Commission is that the status of BCCI should be like a public body and the necessary issues related to the BCCI should be brought under the RTI Act so that everyone has the right to know the issues related to the BCCI. The report of the Law Commission states that the BCCI and all its related organisations need to be brought under RTI. The only condition is that the organisation should fulfil the rules made by BCCI.