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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was brought under the RTI (Right to Information) Act by the Central Information Commission.
Under this act, one of the richest cricket boards will now be answerable to the people of the country.
The Commission examined the law, orders of the Supreme Court and several other reports and documents, including from the Sports Ministry, to conclude that the status, nature and functional characteristics of the BCCI fulfilled all the 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.
The Commission further directed the president, secretary and Committee of Administrators to designate deserving officers as required under the law.
The BCCI had also been asked to put in place, within 15 days, online and offline mechanisms to receive applications for information under the RTI Act.