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The Central Information Commission issued a notice to the Board of Control for Cricket in India for a hearing on Thursday © Getty Images (Representational photo)

New Delhi: Jul 25, 2013

The Central Information Commission on Thursday, adjourned a crucial hearing on declaring the Indian cricket board as public authority under RTI Act after the sports body produced a stay from the Madras High Court.

The Commission had constituted a full bench to hear the matter and issued notice to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and all its member units to bring along with them details of land, buildings, stadiums allotted by state government among others.

The Board was also asked to produce Income Tax exemptions received by it.

The hearing was scheduled to start on Thursday at 4 pm but BCCI produced the stay granted by Madras High Court after which the transparency panel decided to adjourn the matter till stay is vacated or an appropriate order is received from higher bench of the High Court or Supreme Court.

“Matter of bringing BCCI under purview of RTI Act is of utmost national importance when BCCI conducts cricket matches with teams controlled by it named as ‘Indian team’ getting all types of recognition and facilities from Union and state governments,” RTI applicant Madhu Agrawal had pleaded before the Commission.