The Madras High Court Tuesday reserved its order on a PIL seeking direction to authorities for initiating legal action against the BCCI for representing the country at international events allegedly without the government's approval.
"It is the Central government which has to raise objection and not any others," it said.
The counsel for the petitioner Reepak Kansal submitted that BCCI was registered as a society in Tamil Nadu under the Societies Registration Act and had always denied its status of being a state under Article 12 of the Constitution.
Even at the time of registration, no recognition or affiliation was sought by the BCCI from the government to represent India.
Without any sanction from the government, the BCCI derived its logo from the British Raj emblem "The order of Star of India" which was an offence under the Emblem and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950, he contended.
BCCI had continuously refused to identify itself as a public authority and is also not officially recognised as a national sports federation, Kansal said.
Claiming that the players selection process carried out by the BCCI was never transparent and always been discriminatory, the petitioner contended that like any other sport, cricket should also be governed by the Union sports ministry.
Senior Counsel P R Raman for BCCI argued that the body had not violated the emblem act.
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