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RTI plan for cricket board

New Delhi, July 30: The law ministry has taken the view that the BCCI should be brought under the Right to Information Act despite opposition from some political leaders who are on the cricket board.

The plan aims to ensure accountability and comes in the wake of IPL spot-fixing and betting controversies. It will have to be pushed through a bill whose draft was finalised by a panel yesterday.

The Justice Mukul Mudgal committee, which has drafted the Sports Development Bill, 2013, has recommended that the RTI act should apply to the BCCI, sources said.

But the ministry wants to examine whether the move would stand judicial scrutiny as the Supreme Court had ruled in 2005 that the board was not a “state”. The act applies to public authorities.

The ministry also needs to take into account the views of Congress minister Rajiv Shukla and BJP leader Arun Jaitley. Both are members of the BCCI’s governing council and have earlier voiced opposition to any form of government intervention in the board’s affairs.

But the resistance, the sources said, could soften because of the IPL scandals that have fuelled calls to bring the board under government and RTI purview.

Mudgal said he hoped the bill would not encounter legal hurdles. Justice (retired) Santosh Hegde, who was on the bench that passed the 2005 order, said today the ruling couldn’t be interpreted to mean the BCCI wasn’t subject to any authority. “We only held that the BCCI is not a state within the meaning of Article 12 (of the Constitution).”