Corruption in the IPL July 30, 2013

'BCCI has to come under RTI' - Sports secretary

ESPNcricinfo staff

India's sports ministry has reiterated that the BCCI be brought under the transparency-enhancing Right to Information (RTI) Act, a move that was last proposed in 2011 but ran into political resistance.

"The BCCI, like all other national sports federations, will have to come under the RTI and anti-doping regulations," sports secretary PK Deb told the Indian Express. "We will stick by the recommendations made to us by the Justice Mukul Mudgal-led panel."

Mudgal, who heads the committee charged with finalising the National Sports Development Bill, said the BCCI will have to meet the requirements of the RTI Act, failing which it will not be allowed to use "India" in the titles of its teams. "It is important that the BCCI, like all [sports] federations, is brought under the RTI," Mudgal said. "Apart from a few exemptions - like, one cannot raise questions regarding why a particular player/coach is selected over another, or the contents of a player's contract, medical health and fitness etc - the public is authorised to raise questions. Unless the BCCI adopts this rule, it won't be able to use 'India' for its teams."

The sports secretary also criticised the BCCI's clearing of the owners of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings before the completion of the police investigation into alleged corruption in the IPL. "The board should have waited for the police probe to get over before clearing them," Deb said.

The secretary's comments came just before the Bombay High Court ruled that the BCCI's two-member committee that investigated and subsequently cleared the franchise owners was constituted illegally.

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  • Ashok on July 30, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    RTI rule needs to be applied uniformly to all the National Sports Boards for the sake of transparency. Justice Mudgal is right on. The sports secretary was also correct in criticizing BCCI in announcing their decision before the police investi- gations are completed - which also coincides with the Bombay High court verdict. Hopefully this case would be settled before the Next IPL!.

  • varun on July 30, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Looking at the political situation and how some vested interests operate in India, it is better BCCI resists as much as possible to NOT come under RTI. Once they come under RTI then next thing sports secretary will say is - GoI needs to have a say in the way board functions and needs to come under Sports ministry i.e., under politicians and babus (IAS officers) which will completely ruin the board. We have seen so many examples of other sports federations in India which have been ruined by politicians and other babus - so please BCCI, make sure you DO NOT succumb to the pressure of this sports secretary or other politicians. Let's see if cricinfo posts the view that is contrary to their view and popular mood (BCCI bashing) . Thanks!

  • suresh kumar on July 30, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    good move, it will help bcci to work transparently

  • Dummy4 on July 30, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    If an organization has nothing to hide why would it have any issues with the Indian government implementing a transparency policy ?

  • Nithin on July 30, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    if BCCI cricket team represents the country then it has to follow government guidelines, you can't have the cake and eat it too!

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