The report on 'ESPNCricinfo' said that the Central Information Commission has asked for such details from the BCCI. (Reuters)
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the 29 members that come under its ambit have been asked by the Central Information Commission (CIC) to submit the details of the land and buildings occupied by them, a report on ESPNCricinfo said.
According to the report, CIC has asked for "information on stadiums allotted by state governments, the annual rent paid by the BCCI and its units, and copies of lease deeds as part of their agreement" and has constituted a full bench to hear the case on July 25 and 26 in New Delhi.
There have been suggestions in the recent past to bring BCCI under the Right to Information Act and this could be seen as a step in that direction by the Indian government to possibly declare BCCI as a public body. The BCCI is currently registered as a private society.
"In its notice, dated July 10, the CIC has directed the BCCI and all of its affiliated units to attend the hearing either personally or through authorised representatives," the report on ESPNCricinfo added while quoting CIC's deputy registrar KL Dass. "The question here is whether the BCCI is a public authority or not and [to this end] the CIC wants to check if the BCCI is getting any government funding? This is why [the] CIC has asked the BCCI and its units to provide details," Dass said.
The report further said: "The CIC has also instructed the BCCI and its member units to provide information regarding income tax, customs duty, entertainment tax exemptions, if any, for the last five years from the 2007-08 fiscal year. The full bench is also expected to examine the security expenses incurred by states government for organising cricket matches during the same period."