SC dismisses case over Mallya's IPL team's name

SC dismisses case over Mallya's IPL team's name

MUMBAI: The Supreme Court today dismissed and refused to entertain a Public Interest Litigation filed against the use of the name "Royal Challengers" for the Bangalore team in the Indian Premier League matches.

The petition was filed by a Faridabad-based resident, Kishan Kumar Aggarwal who had alleged the United Breweries Group owner Vijay Mallya of using its team?s name, Royal Challengers of Bangalore, to promote the brand of liquor.

It was also prayed that ‘Royal Challengers‘ be restrained from participating in the Indian Premier League matches or play under a different name.

"Why do you look for liquor in cricket, you just see the cricket match," a Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan said when Aggarwal‘s counsel said that UB group was promoting its product which was evident from the advertisements in the stadiums, said a PTI report.

The bench, which also included Justice RV Raveendran and Justice M.K Sharma, observed that there is no advertisement promoting liquor directly or indirectly and the word ‘Royal Challengers‘ is different from the word ‘Royal Challenge‘.

The Bench also observed that in fact filing of such a Petition would lead to undue publicity and in fact promote liquor. The order was passed after hearing Counsel for the Petitioner and respondents.

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