India- Central Govt. further dilutes competitive neutrality- exempts Oil and Gas PSUs from merger control by CCI

India- Central Govt. further dilutes competitive neutrality- exempts Oil and Gas PSUs from merger control by CCI In continuation of its slew of exemptions , the Government of India, Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) ,  vide its recent Gazette notification dated 22.11.2017 has exempted all Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs)  in the Oil & Gas…

CCI issues advisory to Pharma companies while imposing penalty on All Kerala Chemists & Druggists Association and its office bearers

The Competition Commission of India vide its recent order dated 31.10.2017, while imposing penalty on the All Kerala Chemists & Druggists Association and two of its district units in Thrissur and Kasargod and their office bearers for continuing with the forbidden practice of obtaining NOC by the Pharma companies before appointing new stockists, has for…

CCI dismisses allegations of abuse of dominance against NTPC -India’s largest energy conglomerate

Though the Order is not final and appealable, CCI in this prima facie order has recognized the sanctity of and has refused to intervene in the long term Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) entered into between prospective generators and their intended customers, normally DISCOMs, even though the PPA may contain some unfair and anti-competitive terms and…

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 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…