BCCI not to be beyond the ambit of the RTI Act: Sports Minister
The Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh has said that under the proposed New Sports Bill 2013, all the sports federations will be brought under the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) Act. He specifically pointed out that the government was not helpless in dealing with BCCI and the cricket body would not be an exception to the RTI Act.
The minister also said that it is appropriate to wait for the vacation of the stay granted by the Madras high court on the RTI before acting on contentious issues. He refrained from giving any time frame for brining BCCI under the RTI Act. The sports ministry has received suggestions from all stakeholders regarding the proposed Sports Bill 2013, and the officials are working to list the same. After the finalization of the draft bill, it shall be sent to the law ministry for approval and thereafter place it before the cabinet.
The proposed Sports Bill 2013, aims at bringing all sports federations under the RTI ambit. The BCCI has been in the midst of controversy with its president N Srinivasan is being questioned over his son-in-law G Meiyappan’s involvement in betting in the IPL.