The BCCI will have to devise mechanisms within 15 days, online and offline, to receive applications for information under the RTI Act. @ Getty Images
The BCCI will have to devise mechanisms within 15 days, online and offline, to receive applications for information under the RTI Act. @ Getty Images

In a historic move on Monday, the Central Information Commission declared that the BCCI will be covered under the RTI Act and answerable to the people of the country.

After going through the orders of the Supreme Court, Law Commission of India report and submissions of the Central Public Information Officer in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, the CIC concluded that the status, nature and functional characteristics of the BCCI fulfil required conditions of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act.

“The SC has also reaffirmed that the BCCI is the approved national-level body holding virtually monopoly rights to organize cricketing events in the country,” Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said in a 37-page long order.

According to the statement delivered by CIC, the BCCI will have to come up with mechanisms within 15 days, online and offline, to receive applications for information under the RTI Act.

The RTI Act will also apply to BCCI’s entire constituent member cricketing associations, if they are in accordance with the criteria laid out by the governing body.