enough teeth to deal with cartel cases: CCI member
Press Trust of
India, January 13, 2017
Observing that cases
involving cartels are extremely difficult to catch and punish, CCI
member Augustine Peter today said competition law does not have
enough teeth to deal with such matters.
"In many cases, collective dominance come but we donít have
teeth... we donít have provisions. This was proposed in
parliamentary committee and the committee also recommended but
unfortunately the government changed...", he said in a panel
discussion on Politics of Competition Reforms in India here.
Without getting into specific details about the issues being
faced, he said competition law does not address the entire problem
of collective dominance. Competition Commission of India (CCI)
keeps a tab on unfair business practices across sectors. According
to Peter, it is "extremely difficult" to catch violators in cases
Regarding public sector procurement cases, he said there is always
a kind of reluctance thinking that public sector entities "cannot
do anything wrong... (that) they are public sector (and) are meant
for serving public purpose. Something has to be done in that
"Public sector gets favourite treatment ... when policy making is
done by the government they always keep public sector belongs to
us so you have to set standards fitting in with them," he noted.
The panel discussion organised by non-profit group CUTS
Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT) Member Rajeev Kher and
OECD Competition Committee Chairman Frederic Jenny, among others,
were also present. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD) is a Paris-based think tank.
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