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Tuesday, November 29 2022

Non-renewal of racing licence: Bangalore Turf Club moves High Court

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Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Monday ordered issue of notice to the State government on the petitions filed by Bangalore Turf Club Ltd (BTC) alleging that the government is not renewing its racing licence for extraneous considerations.

Pointing out that the government has insisted on admission of 50 nominees as club members as a condition for granting of licence under the Mysore Race Courses Licensing Act, 1952, the BTC has contended that the action of the government in seeking such admission is contrary to the Articles of Association and is also violation of Articles 19(1)(a) and 19(1)(g) of the Constitution of India.

The government has not issued a racing licence with effect from September 1, 2017. The Finance Secretary had issued a letter dated July 31, 2017 stating that the government would issue licences if the membership of the club would be increased to accommodate 50 nominees of the government, but the letter was retracted on August 31, 2017, BTC’s petition claimed.

Another petition by the BTC Staff Association claims that non-renewal of licence has adversely impacted about 100 employees, 225 contract labourers, 1,200 daily wagers, 900 stable workmen, apart from around 200 professionals — racehorse trainers, jockeys and riding boys.

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