On 20 November 2019, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) amended its General Regulations which were published on 22 November. There have been a number of significant changes: (i) the provisions relating to grant of confidential treatment have been modified; (ii) additional details must be provided in an Information (i.e., complaint) alleging anti-competitive agreements or abuses of dominance; and (iii) the filing fee to accompany an Information has been increased.
These amendments come into effect immediately and are detailed below.
Modifications to confidentiality provisions
The General Regulations empower the CCI to grant confidential treatment to the identity of the Informant (i.e., the complainant) where requested. The amendments allow the CCI, where expedient and “for the purposes of the Act”, to disclose the identity of the Informant. However, this can only be done after the CCI has given the Informant an opportunity of being heard.
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