Kishore Lal vs Chairman, Employees State Insurance Corporation

 Kishore Lal vs Chairman, Employees State Insurance Corporation - Supreme Court Case Summary of Leading Case -

On 8th May, 2007, a three Judges Bench in Kishore Lal vs Chairman, Employees State Insurance Corporation [Civil Appeal No.4965 of 2000] held that “the service rendered by the medical practitioners of hospitals/nursing homes run by the ESI Corporation cannot be regarded as a service rendered free of charge.” The Bench held that “the service provided by the ESI hospital/ dispensary falls within the ambit of ‘service’ as defined in Section 2(1)(o) of the Consumer Protection Act. ESI scheme is an insurance scheme and it contributes for the service rendered by the ESI hospitals/dispensaries, of medical care in its hospitals/dispensaries, and such service given in the ESI hospitals/dispensaries to a member of the Scheme or his family cannot be treated as gratuitous.”

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