The Delhi High Court has agreed to hear a PIL filed by NGO Association for Social and Humanitarian Affairs, seeking to declare the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as a national sports body.
According to a division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and R.S. Endlaw, "The petition is either to convert the BCCI into a national sport federation (NSF) or create an NSF for cricket. The question is whether NSF is needed to be declared."
The court's direction came as the central government said it cannot "govern or guide" the BCCI.
"The Union of India has said it cannot declare the BCCI a NSF," Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain told the bench.
The court also rejected the contention raised by BCCI that the issue raised in the plea was already being heard by the Supreme Court, where the Justice Mudgal committee had submitted it report.
"That (Mudgal) committee is concerned with functioning of the BCCI. It has nothing to do with conversion of the BCCI into a NSF," the court said directing the BCCI to submit a copy of the Mudgal Committee report on the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing.