A PIL filed in the Allahabad High Court says the BCCI can’t nominate players for government awards. Here’s why...
The BCCI isn't a recognised National Sports Federation with the sports ministry. The PIL claims the BCCI is a private autonomous body, and has never applied for being recognised as a NSF.
A de-facto NSF
The BCCI uses all privileges and benefits of being the de-facto NSF for cricket. It sends nominations for various government sports awards. As per government rules, only NSFs can make such nominations.
The PIL alleges that the BCCI uses 'India' in its name. This is "prima facie against section 3 of the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950."
Averse to RTI
The BCCI refuses to come under the purview of the RTI Act while most other NSFs are in its purview. "BCCI is enjoying privileges and breaking laws while strongly resisting any accountability towards the government or the people. This makes it look like being above law of the land," the petitioner said.