In what could be a startling move, the Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu revealed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is using the logo which was designed in British Era in 1928.
The order revealed the national cricket board logo resembles like a ‘Star of Indian’ which was given to their princess in the British period.
“Why the BCCI is still using the logo designed by British Raj in 1928 which resembles 90 per cent the symbol of star of India given by British Raj to his loyal princes…,” Acharyulu was quoted as saying by PTI.
It’s pertinent to mention, the Central Commissioner Acharyulu has issued a notice while asking the response from Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) after petition was filed by activist namely Subhash Agrawal.
This reports suggested the notice was also addressed to the Minister of the sport in order to give explanation raised by the activist while asking the same from the law ministry.
The CIC suggested BCCI is carrying on with the colonial heritage while stating the national team flags are still carrying this logo.
“Did anybody notice that the BCCI is still hanging on to this colonial legacy, ‘symbolically’, and our team flags this logo even today,” the CIC maintained in its report.
CIC stated that no honours were presented after 1948 which saw felicitating of the princess during pre-independence.
“After the First War of Indian Independence in 1857, to consolidate its sovereignty over India, the British Crown created a new order of knighthood to honour loyal Indian princess. No such honours were given after 1948,” CIC stated.
The poser asked even after responding in the Lok Sabha, why the administration is not including the board under the Right to Information Act (RTI) in a bid to seek answer to the complaint while relying on the transparency board.
Coming to the match-fixing, Acharyulu asked the government why stern action is not being taken as the statement has been presented in 2012 when United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government took a call to curb such menace.
“Why sports frauds like match fixing and betting are not prohibited and action was not being taken effectively,” Acharyulu concluded.
In order make answerable, the Commission stated the government can work on the sports to make it into the Concurrent List in a bid to balance the policy which would eventually come under information act.