In this Roundup, we highlight the main developments in Indian competition law in February 2021.
New Competition Commission of India (CCI) Office in Chennai
On 26 February, Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the CCI’s Regional Office (South) in Chennai. The new Chennai office will act as an office to facilitate enforcement, investigation and advocacy in coordination with the Delhi office. It will cater to the requirements of the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as well as of the Union Territories Puducherry and Lakshadweep. CCI Chairperson Ashok Kumar stated that this was a step towards the CCI’s regional presence and its duties as a federal regulator. Closer engagement with States would foster greater competition in the economy. The CCI also indicated that regional offices are planned to be established in Mumbai and Kolkata.
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