Supreme Court on BCCI: Supreme Court only said BCCI’s claim to promote cricket is wrong, court made sharp comments on Indian board

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  • The Supreme Court made strong comments on BCCI
  • Court says BCCI’s claim to promote only cricket is incorrect
  • Court calls BCI business ‘buy’ under ESI Act

Supreme Court on BCCI: The Supreme Court has made a scathing comment on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Supreme Court of India has held that BCCI’s way of working is commercial. Therefore, it can be called a ‘store’ from the perspective of the provisions of the Employees State Insurance Law (ESI).

BCCI someone’s job ,store, Ace- Supreme Court

The Supreme Court held that the ESI Law is a welfare law framed by the Center and that an erroneous or trivial meaning should not be attached to the words used in the Law. Under it, employees of establishments covered by it are insured against risks related to their life, health, etc.

ESI under act BCCI to one ,store,– Supreme Court

A bench of judges MR Shah and PS Narasimha observed that the ESI Court and the High Court had not been wrong in treating BCCI as a ‘store’ under the ESI Act. The court said: “Considering the systematic activities of BCCI, especially in selling tickets to cricket matches, providing entertainment, charging prices for its services, receiving income from international tours and the Indian Premier League, the High Court has correctly concluded that BCCI conducts systematic economic business activities and can therefore be referred to as a “store” under the provisions of the ESI Act.

BCCI by ,store, The conventional interpretation of the word is not correct – Supreme Court

Indeed, the country’s highest court was asked whether BCCI could be called a ‘store’ under the notice of September 18, 1978, and whether the provisions of the ESI Act would apply to BCCI. The Bombay High Court had held that BCCI falls within the meaning of ‘store’ in terms of a notice dated September 18, 1978 issued by the Government of Maharashtra. The Supreme Court held that the word “store” should not be interpreted in the traditional sense, as it would not serve the purpose of the ESI Law. He said that the word ‘store’ should be taken in a broader sense to serve the purposes of the ESI Law.

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Claim to promote only cricket and sports is wrong: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court said that it makes no sense for the BCCI in its affidavit to say that its main activity is to promote cricket and sports and therefore it should not be included in the meaning of shop under the ESI Act.

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