Workmen's Compensation Act, 1923
Where any person (hereinafter in this section referred to as the principal) in the course of or for the purposes of his trade or business contract with any other person (hereinafter in this section referred to as the contractor for the execution by or under the contractor of the whole or any part of any work which is ordinarily part of the trade or business of the principal the principal shall be liable to pay to any workman employed in the execution of the work any compensation which he would have been liable to pay if that workman had been immediately employed by him; and where compensation is claimed from the principal this Act shall apply as if references to the principal were substituted for references to the employer except that the amount of compensation shall be calculated with reference to the wages of the workman under the employer by whom he is immediately employed. Where the principal is liable to pay compensation under this section he shall be entitled to be indemnified by the contractor or any other person from whom the workman could have recovered compensation and where a contractor who is himself a principal is liable to a pay compensation or to indemnify a principal under this section be shall be entitled to be indemnified by any person standing to him in the relation of a contractor from whom the workman could have recovered compensation and all questions as to the right to and the amount of any such indemnity shall in default of agreement be settled by the Commissioner. Nothing in this section shall be construed as preventing a workman from recovering compensation from the contractor instead of the principal. This section shall not apply in any case where the accident occurred elsewhere that on in or about the premises on which the principal has undertaken or usually undertakes as the case may be to execute the work or which are otherwise under his control or management.