Trade, industry bodies under Competition Commission scanner
MDT/PTI 20 September 2012

According to the CCI Chairman, there are complaints that some trade associations have used their platform for anti-competitive activities

Mumbai: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Thursday said it has come across cases of some trade and industry bodies indulging in unfair trade practices which it could probe, reports PTI.
"There are complaints that some trade associations have used their platform for anti-competitive activities," CCI chairman Ashok Chawla told reporters on the sidelines of an event organised here by FICCI on mergers and acquisitions.
Chawla felt this could be either due to ignorance or as the old practices continue... so behaving in a manner which is not in tune with the Competition Law.
He further said the Commission has initiated a sensitisation programme for industry bodies to familiarise them with domestic competition laws and international practices in this specific area.
"We have initiated an exercise of advocacy with trade bodies. We will also convene a meeting with some of them in the near future to sensitise them on what the Competition Act entails and what happens internationally," he said.
On the issue of the alleged cartel in the real estate sector, the CCI head said after the DLF verdict, lots of petitions have come to the Commission complaining that many builders and realty companies follow similar practices.
"So we have widened the scope of investigation, so to say, to touch the broad practices prevailing in the sector, and whether those practices are anti-competitive and therefore anti-consumer," Chawla said, adding those matters against specific builders were still being investigated and the report is awaited.
"Once we receive the report, we will take a look at it," he said, adding the Commission will also ask for comments from the real estate body, CREDAI.
On the cement cartel case, Chawla said the matter was now with the Competition Appellate Tribunal(Compact), which would take a final decision on the issue.
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