first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will not, at least for now, implement the Central Information Commission’s ruling, which directs the Board to fall under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.The CIC on Monday had ruled that the Board is answerable to the people of the nation and hence “the RTI Act should be made applicable to the BCCI along with its entire constituent member cricketing associations.”However, the BCCI has written back to the CIC that it will not be able to implement the ruling since the matter is subjudice before the Madras High Court, which had put a stay on the issue following BCCI’s petition in May.”The BCCI has informed the CIC that it will not be able to implement the ruling of the Central Information Commission. The Board had taken a stay from the Madras High Court, somewhere in the month of May, over a similar issue of BCCI falling under the RTI ambit,” a senior BCCI official told India Today.”We have consistently maintained that the BCCI is not a government funded body and we have already moved the Madras High Court on this. So we will inform the Court that the matter is already there before the Madras High Court, which has put a stay on the matter as of now,” he added.READ – BCCI office bearers question COA role, to challenge RTI verdictThe entire issue snowballed when an RTI applicant Geeta Rani had sought information on the provisions and guidelines under which the BCCI, a private body, was selecting players for the Indian team and representing the country. The information was sought from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, which could not give a satisfactory response following which the issue landed up at the doors of CIC, the appellant body in RTI matters.advertisementThe CIC not only asked the BCCI to come up with a response to Geeta Rani’s queries within 10 days, but also directed the Board to put in place online and offline mechanisms within 15 days to receive applications on information under the RTI Act.READ – BCCI brought under RTI Act by Central Information Commission”The BCCI should have been held accountable under all circumstances for any violations of basic human rights of the stake holders. As on today, there is no mechanism to question such violations, except filing a general writ petition in constitutional courts,” Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu wrote in his 37-page order.Acharyulu also cited a Law Commission Report and said: “It not only affirmatively recognised the economic (monopoly) nature of the BCCI acting as a sports federation for cricket but also outlined the power and ability of such a body to impact the human rights of athletes and potential athletes,” he added.last_img read more