A PIL has been filed in the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court seeking a direction to the Centre to take over the administration of the Indian cricket board so that its objective of promotion of the game and charity was achieved effectively and in a transparent way.
In his petition, city advocate B Stalin, said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the category of charitable institution received grants, donations and contributions and enjoyed tax exemption (till 2006-07).
But it was not spending even eight per cent of its total income for the promotion of the game. It had billions of rupees as surplus in its account, but lacked infrastructure, the petition said.
In the interest of better administration, BCCI should be brought under the control of the government, Stalin said.
Claiming that certain activities of BCCI were totally commercial and there was no element of charity in its conduct, the major income arises not from the game, but from business of cricket.
The BCCI's intention was to promote business and not the game, he charged.
The petitioner also said, "The money recovered by way of media rights and sponsorship is not only to meet the expenses of organising tournaments, but bound to create a huge surplus.
"The agreement between BCCI and Nimbus communications for TV coverage of its events' rights from March 1, 2006 to March 31, 2010 was expected to generate Rs 2,724.2 crore."
The investments of BCCI had witnessed a jump of 36.74 per cent in the last two years, while the fixed assets had increased by 179 per cent.
Even Union Sports Minister M S Gill had lashed out at the board for changing of rules of the game and allowing the Indian Premier League to run a "commercial venture", he said.
Counsel for the petitioner Peter Ramesh Kumar said the PIL was likely to taken up for hearing in a day or two.