India’s Supreme Court has rejected attempts by activists and government litigants to have fantasy sports classed as an illegal gambling activity or taxable at the highest rate, declaring it a “game of skill” legally akin to rummy.
A two-justice bench of the Supreme Court on Friday rejected petitions of appeal from activist lawyer Gurdeep Singh Sachar, the central government and Maharashtra state against lower court opinions that leading fantasy sports company Dream11 neither offered gambling services nor avoided tax payments.
In dismissing the petitions, Justice Rohinton Nariman commented that fantasy sports is unquestionably a “game of skill” that requires participants to exercise judgment on the range of players they select in their teams.
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