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Make BCCI a public body: law panel (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)

Recommendations of Law Panel on BCCI
The 90-year-old Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should be declared a public body. The board and all its member cricket associations should be brought under the Right to Information law regime, the Law Commission of India recommended to the government.

Rationale

  1. The board’s monopolistic activities, directly and indirectly, affect the fundamental rights of citizens, players, and other functionaries.
  2. A private citizen should be able to move the highest court against the BCCI for any violation of his fundamental rights.
  3. The commission said the board has encouraged an environment of opacity and non-accountability.
  4. Corruption concerns

There is an impression in the minds of the general public that corruption and other forms of malpractices are adversely affecting Cricket in India.

National Sports Federation
The BCCI virtually acts as a National Sports Federation (NSF). The commission recommended that the Ministry website should explicitly mention BCCI in the list of NSFs. This would automatically bring it within the purview of the RTI Act, the commission said.

Listing some of the reasons why it concluded that the BCCI is a “limb of the state”, the commission pointed out how the cricket board, as an entity, is permitted de facto by the state to represent the country at the international stage.

It selects the Indian cricket team. The selected players wear the national colours and are the recipients of Arjuna awards. The ICC recognises BCCI as the ‘official’ body representing India and neither the government, nor BCCI have ever challenged, discussed or changed the status.

(Adapted from The Hindu)



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