A day before the Central Information Commission was due to hear a case against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the powerful body has got a stay order against the proceedings.
The CIC had sent a notice to the BCCI and all its 30 full member units for details about the land and buildings occupied by them ahead of the hearing on July 25 and 26 here, but Board official Ratnakar Shetty told Mail Today: “The BCCI has got a stay order on the notice and we don’t need to attend any hearing on July 25 and 26 in the Capital. That is all that I can confirm to you as of now.” As Mail Today had reported on Monday, a full bench of the CIC was set to conduct the hearing on a petition filed by RTI activist Madhu Agrawal this week, and wanted the BCCI to “send your written representation before the Commission”. It had asked for information on land and buildings, including stadia allotted by the state governments, annual rents being paid by state cricket associations, copies of lease deeds, estimated market rentals, Income Tax exemption, Customs Duty exemption, Entertainment Tax exemption, and security expenses incurred by state governments for organising matches from 2007 to 2012.
This is a blow to the government and RTI activists who have been trying to establish the BCCI as a public body like all other sports federations, and bring it under the purview of the Right to Information Act. The hearing was to establish whether BCCI is a public authority and if it gets any government funding.
Madhu’s petition is a redrafted version of an existing petition filed by her well- known RTI activist husband Subhash Chandra Agrawal. That petition is pending before a one- member bench of the CIC.
Reproduced From Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved