Submit your RTI application to the Ministry / Dept of Sports, Govt of India,
here is the format
According to the Right to Information Act 2005, a Public Authority includes those non-government organizations also, which are substantially financed, directly or indirectly by funds provided by the government.
Since the BCCI is getting lot of facilities from the public exchequer including costly lands, it is a Public Authority. BCCI is also getting a lot of tax benefits, and it is answerable to the people of India. Therefore, it shall appoint Public Information Officer to provide information to any citizen.
Therefore, how can BCCI claims its status as private body? (There are provisions for getting information from private body also, but we shall seek information from BCCI as Public Authority. Most of the NGO’s has already been treated as Public Authority in Centre and various states.
But unfortunatly, the BCCI is adament to keep itself out of the Public Authority category and the Central Information Commission has also expressed the same view in various cases against BCCI.
But, still we have a different way to obtain any information from BCCI under the same RTI Act.
According to the Section 2 (f) of the RTI Act 2005, Information includes any information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public authority under any other law for the time being in force. Since the Ministry of Sports controls the BCCI in various ways, one can file his RTI application to the Public Information Officer of the Ministry of Sports and the PIO will ask for the information to the BCCI.
In addition to this, section 8 (j) of the RTI Act 2005, says the information which can not be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature shall not be denied to any person.
Therefore, I suggest filing some RTI applications to the PIO of the Ministry of Sports to obtain information from BCCI. It will open a path for others.
Here is a sample format for the application –
The Public Information Officer
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports,
(or Dept of Sports) Government of India
New Delhi – 110001
(Please write complete address)
Subject - Request to provide Information under RTI Act 2005
According to the section 2 (f) of the RTI Act 2005, Information includes any information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public authority under any other law for the time being in force,
and, according to the section 8 (j) of the RTI Act 2005, the information which can not be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature shall not be denied to any person,
I request to provide information mentioned hereby regarding BCCI (Board of Cricket Control of India), Wankhade Stadium, Mumbai-400020.
A Ten Rupees Postal Order No. is attached herewith as application fee. Name of the payee is blank, pls. feel it as I don’t have idea it is payable to whom. This assistant has been sought under section 5(3) of RTI Act from you.
Signature, Name and Address