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MSM Satellite Pvt. Ltd. v. World Sport Group Ltd. Appeal(Lodging) No. 534 of 2010 in Notice of Motion No. 1809 of 2010 in Suit No. 1828 of 2010


  • Whether the validity of the Bombay High Court’s injunction judgement, which barred WSG from pursuing ICC arbitration and favoured MSM’s accusations of fraud and deception?
  • Whether the parties’ disagreement should be resolved through Singapore ICC arbitration, as agreed in their agreement, or through Indian courts.?


  • According to the New York Convention, which is similar to the Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act, an arbitration agreement does not become void or incapable of performance just because the dispute involves charges of misrepresentation. Courts cannot refuse to refer a case to arbitration only because one side has claimed fraud. An arbitration panel has the ability to resolve disputes involving fraud or misrepresentation. Courts must send a dispute to arbitration if the parties’ agreement contains an arbitration clause, unless the agreement is “void, inoperative, or impossible to perform.”


  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and MSM Satellite (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. (MSM) were at odds over media rights for the Indian Premier League (IPL).
  • The BCCI granted World Sports Group (WSG) global media rights for ten years in 2008.
  • MSM alleged that there was a pre-bid arrangement in place under which MSM pledged to gain global media rights to broadcast IPL for the first two years.
  • After one season, BCCI cancelled the agreement and started negotiations with WSG, prompting MSM to bring a complaint against BCCI.
  • In 2009, WSG and MSM reached an arrangement in which WSG agreed to give up all global media rights to IPL in exchange for INR 4.7 billion, and MSM may purchase these rights straight from BCCI.
  • A stipulation in the agreement stated that any dispute resulting from the agreement would be referred to the Singapore ICC arbitration.


  • The court emphasised that the New York Convention, to which India is a member, promotes and facilitates cross-border acceptance and enforcement of arbitral judgements, thereby contributing to the growth of international arbitration.
  • The court emphasised that arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution tool chosen by parties to resolve their issues efficiently and expeditiously, and that courts must respect this choice.
  • It emphasised that courts should not intervene in arbitration procedures unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as where the arbitration agreement is clearly invalid or incapable of being implemented.
  • The decision emphasised the importance of parties’ sovereignty in choosing arbitration as their prefered mode of dispute resolution and the sanctity of arbitration agreements.
  • The court’s judgement attempted to foster an environment favourable to international arbitration in India by preventing needless intrusion by Indian courts in such processes.
  • In this instance, the court determined that the parties had agreed to refer their dispute to the Singapore ICC arbitration, and that this agreement should be upheld and enforced in accordance with international law and arbitration norms. The judgement of the court confirmed India’s adherence to international arbitration rules and principles, aligning it with worldwide best practises for resolving international commercial disputes.