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Sports Minister wants BCCI under RTI Act
Wednesday 05 August 2015

Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that like any other sports federation of the country, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also needs to be made accountable and transparent in its functioning as according to the Supreme Court it is a "public body".

When asked whether BCCI should be brought under the purview of Right To Information Act, the Sports Minister said: "Let me be very clear...I have been telling time and again that as per the observation of the Supreme Court of India, BCCI is a public body.

"Now it is the expectations of the sports lover of the country that transparency and accountability should be there in the day-to-day affairs of all the sports federations," he told reporters during a felicitation function organised for the Indian archers, who bagged medals in the just-concluded World Archery Championships in Copenhagen.

For long the BCCI has been maintaining that it is a private entity as it doesn't take any funds from the government. But the Supreme Court of India has ruled that the BCCI is a public body and that its actions are open to judicial review, thereby providing fresh arsenal to the government to bring the cricket body under the RTI Act. 

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