SC Issues Notice on Dream11 Betting & Gst Evasion Case
As per a report in ETPrime, a 3-judge panel of the SC issued a notice to Dream11, on an appeal filed by the Maharashtra state.
On March 6th, 2020, The three-judge panel of the apex court on hearing the Special Leave Petition was unhappy on the HC’s decision for ruling the game as skill-based & dismissing the GST evasion claims without giving due notices to the involved parties or hearing the state & the central government’s views on the matter.
Since the judgment of the Bombay High Court came within less than 3 working days & without the hearing of other parties, On behalf of the bench, Justice Gavai showed his displeasure.
The argument of Mukul Rohatgi (Senior Counsel & former Attorney General of India) was dismissed by the panel, who argued that a lawyer in Bombay High Court appeared on behalf of the State Government on April 30th, 2019.
The three-judge panel is likely to hear the matter in April 2020 & decide whether the game Dream 11 really falls into the skill game category or into betting/gambling & on the matter of GST evasion too.
The ban against the game Dream11 was initially filed by the Mumbai based lawyer Gurdeep Singh in April 2019 as a Public Interest Litigation case.
On April 30, 2019, the case was ruled in favor of Dream11 by a division bench of the court which comprised Justice Ranjit More & Justice Bharati Dangre, stating that the game involved the use of skill & judgment and does not fall into the betting/gambling territory. It also stated that the GST was properly paid by the gaming franchise.
The three-judge bench of the SC is likely to pass a verdict on the legality of the online gaming & fantasy sports in India.