Cricket Board Likely To Challenge CIC Verdict Of Bringing BCCI Under RTI

| October 2 , 2018 , 12:53 IST

The Board of Control for Cricket in India is expected to challenge the Central Information Commission(CIC), judgement of listing the cricket board under the jurisdiction of the RTI Act, which was announced on Monday and describes that the board is now "answerable to the people of the country".

It is learnt that the CIC verdict would effectively mean that the BCCI will become a National Sports Federation (NSF). The BCCI, which has resented coming under the Right to Information (RTI) act claiming to be an autonomous entity.

Speaking to media, a senior BCCI official said, "I believe there has been willful negligence on part of the COA in botching up BCCI's right to legal representation."

"There was a CIC hearing on July 10 when it was asked as to why BCCI shouldn't come under the RTI? The BCCI didn't even file a reply and sat on the show-cause notice. Now the only way is to challenge the order in High Court and take it from there on," the official added.

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Another BCCI official said the COA, comprising Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, might just "tie the albatross of RTI" around the Board's neck before announcing elections.

"We hear that BCCI wants to partially come under the RTI and not reveal things like team selection and all? Is it a joke? If BCCI challenges, there won't be any half measures. It will be all or nothing," he said.

The official further added, "I am not sure if the COA is ready to answer these tough questions. More so it is the office-bearers who should be given powers to take legal recourse. It is unfortunate that honourable Supreme Court's orders are being misused by COA."