New Delhi:Central Information Commission has ruled that the BCCI does not come "under the purview" of Right to Information, while accepting the cricket governing body's argument that it has no government nominee on its board.
In a recent order, the CIC rejected a petition seeking information from the Board of Control for Cricket in India on the grounds the body did not fall under any of the categories required to bring a public office under the RTI Act.
Anil Chintaman Khare from Nagpur had submitted that BCCI was registered under the Societies Registration Act and should be termed a "public authority" and it be accountable under the transparency law.
The BCCI however stated that despite being registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, it was not constituted under the Constitution or any law made by Parliament or any state legislature.
Information Commissioner Padma Balasubramanian in his ruling said "merely because BCCI is registered under the Societies Registration Act does not bring it under the purview of RTI Act."
The BCCI said 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 petitioner however said it received a lot of tax benefits from the government and hence should be made answerable to the people.