New Delhi: Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Thursday said the allegations of tax violation in running of the Indian Premier League (IPL) should be looked into and asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to come under the RTI ambit for its own good.
Maken said transparency in the working of National Sports Federations, including the BCCI, can be achieved by bringing them under the Right to Information Act, which the revised National Sports Development Bill seeks to incorporate.
Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with alleged financial irregularities in the holding of IPL II and Maken said such things, if found true, should not have happened.
"These things should not have happened and the government should look into this and the Enforcement Directorate and other agencies are doing that in IPL and related things," Maken told reporters.
"It's the public money BCCI is getting and private companies should not benefit out of that. It's the money of fans and sports lovers and should be used transparently," he said.
There have been allegations of ill-gotten money flowing into the IPL from foreign tax heavens.
Wondering why the BCCI was against the Right to Information Act, Maken said the proposed inclusion of NSFs, including BCCI, under the legislation would bring transparency and stop controversies like the IPL tax violations.
"All NSFs, including the BCCI, should come under RTI Act, that is what we have provided in the revised Bill. Application of RTI will bring transparency in running of sports in the country," Maken said.