No. Currently, the BCCI does not come under the ambit of the RTI Act, although there have been recommendations that the BCCI should come under RTI.1
In October 2018, the Central Information Commission (CIC) passed an order stating that the BCCI is a public authority and must disclose information under the RTI Act.2 However, the Madras High Court suspended the operation of the CIC order.3
The Right to Information Act, 2005 sets out the right to information for citizens to access information under the control of public authorities.
A ‘public authority’4 means any authority established by:
(a) the Constitution;
(b) law made by Parliament;
(c) law made by State Legislature;
(d) notification/order issued by the government.
This includes any government body, or a body that is under government control. It also covers bodies that get most of their funding from the government (including non-government organisations).
- BCCI under the Ambit of Right to Information: To Be or not to Be?, Mondaq, accessed at https://www.mondaq.com/india/sport/928724/bcci-under-the-ambit-of-right-to-information-to-be-or-not-to-be
- BCCI comes under RTI Act, The Hindu, accessed at https://www.thehindu.com/sport/cricket/cic-brings-bcci-under-rti/article25098434.ece
- HC stays CIC’s order bringing BCCI under RTI Act, The Hindu, accessed at https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/hc-stays-cics-order-bringing-bcci-under-rti-act/article25458222.ece
- Section 2(h), Right to Information Act, 2005
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