Raj Kumar Hansdah
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SOUBHIK KUMAR GHOSH
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A Very Important judgment on EPF by Madras High Court.

Hon’bleMr.M.Duraiswamy, J. Brakes India Ltd (Brakes Division), Sholinghur-631 102, rep. by its Vice-President (Pers. & HRD) Vs Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation, Vellore rep. by its Regional Provident Funds Organization

EMPLOYEES PROVIDENT FUNDS AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS ACT, 1952-

Sections 2(1) and 14B – Provident fund dues and damages – Liability for depositing PF

contribution – In respect of employees of independent contractor who was allotted and has been holding his own PF Code No. – Not of principal employer but of the Contractor – Contractor

committed default in paying EPF contributions – EPF Authority initiated proceedings under section 7A of the Act against the contractor directing the principal employer to pay the amount if the contractor is found having committed the default – Petitioner – principal employer filed writ petition challenging the order of the EPF Authority – Head, EPF Authority not entitled to recover either PF contribution or damages from the principal employer filed writ petition challenging the order of the EPF Authority – Held, EPF Authority not entitled to recover either PF contribution or

damages from the principal employer – Contractors, registered with the PF Department, having

independent Code number, are to be treated as independent Code number, are to be treated as

‘Independent employer’ – However, the liability of unregistered contractors, would fail on the

principal employer in view of clause 30 of the EPF Scheme, 1952 – Accordingly writ petition is

allowed.

For Petitioner: Mr. Sanjay Mohan for S. RamasubramanianAssociates, Advocates.

For Respondent: Mr. V.J.Latha, Advocate.

IMPORTANT POINTS:-

1. EPF Authority not entitled to recover either PF contribution or damages from the principal employer in respect of employees engaged through

contractors, registered with the PF Department, having independent Code number.

2. Contractors, registered with the PF Department, having independent Code number, are to be treated as ‘independent employer’.

3. However, the liability of unregistered contractors, for payment of EPF contributions or damages, in case of default on his part, would fall

on the principal employer, if not paid by the unregistered contractor, in view of clause 30 of the EPF Scheme, 1952.
10th August 2016 From India, Kolkata
Very Profound Judgement !!!! It will be cited frequently and will serve as a light-house in illuminating similar cases. Thanks for sharing it here. Warm regards.
10th August 2016 From India, Delhi
Dear Mr. Ghosh, Thank you very much for sharing the information. If you have the judgement copy please share with the members. Have a nice day. Regards, Subhabrata Sarkar Kolkata
13th August 2016 From India
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