CCI imposes penalty for bid-rigging in coal transportation auctions

The Competition Commission of India (CCI)  vide its order dated September 14, 2017 imposed penalty of almost INR 12 Crore on 10 entities (Opposite Parties/OP)  namely SSV Coal Carriers Pvt. Ltd (OP-1), Bimal Kumar Khandelwal (OP-2), Pravin Transport (OP-3), Khandelwal Transport (OP-4), Khandelwal Earth Movers (OP-5), Khanduja Coal Transport Co. (OP-6), Punya Coal Road Lines…

CCI dismisses allegations of cartelization against Air Cargo Agents Association of India

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) vide order dated 12.09.2017 has dismissed allegations of cartelization against the Air Cargo Agents Association of India. The Informant, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an international non-profit trade association headquartered in Montreal, Canada comprising of 265 member airlines belonging to 118 nations across the globe. It was…

CCI amends Lesser Penalty Regulations

The Competition Commission of India (‘CCI) vide notification dated 22 August, 2017 (‘Amendment’) has amended the Competition Commission of India (Lesser Penalty) Regulations, 2009 (“Leniency Regulations”). The amendments are the first in more than eight years since the introduction of the leniency regime in India. The amendments which incidentally come after a few months since…

CCI rejects predatory pricing allegations against OLA yet again

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) vide its order dated 19.07.2017 has dismissed allegations  of predatory pricing against OLA  (ANI Technologies) made by two Bangalore based radio taxi service providers,  Fast Track (Fast Track Call Cab Ltd.) and Meru (Meru Cab Company Pvt. Ltd) (‘Informants’). The Informants had alleged in 2015 that OLA had abused…

CCI Penalizes Hyundai Motors for RPM and Tie-in arrangement

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has passed its first Order dated 14.6.2017 against the anti-competition practice of Resale Price Maintenance (RPM) by Hyundai Motors India Ltd. (HMIL/Hyundai). CCI has imposed the penalty of Rs. 87 Crores on Hyundai. The penalty also covers the violation of “tie-in” arrangements between Hyundai and its dealers for recommending engine…

PWO SCAM IN MAKING? ARE PUBLIC WORKS ORGANISATIONS IMMUNE FROM COMPETITION LAW?

  Sometime in July 2016, I happened to speak in a conference on Public Procurement organized by the ASSOCHAM, on competition issues in public procurement. In the Q&A session, instances of repeated violation of basic competition principles such as award of contract on competitive bidding to many PSUs by the Central Government were highlighted. After…

Competition Commission of India (CCI) finds Karnataka Chemist and Druggists Association (KCDA) in violation of Section 3(3) of the Act

CCI by its order dated March 02, 2017 has found that KCDA is violating Section 3(3) of the Act by denying supply of orders to stockists till No-Objection Certificate from KCDA is obtained. Being prima-facie satisfied by the information filed, the CCI ordered investigation into the matter. It was revealed during the investigation that the…