April 3, 2010

Indian cricket

Bring BCCI under the Right to Information Act

George Binoy

Writing in the Hindustan Times, Pradeep Magazine says the Indian government should bring the BCCI under the Right to Information act.

The BCCI, which for reasons beyond comprehension, is loathe to subject itself to public scrutiny (unless it has something to hide) and shields itself behind the argument that it is a private body and cannot be questioned by the state. BCCI conveniently forgets that not only does it get tax benefits, it also gets other largesse from the state, like stadias at throwaway rates and, most importantly, is allowed to use the name India for the team which represents it. It gets these concessions because it is deemed a charitable organisation which performs a public function.

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