CCI dismisses plea against DLF Group

CCI dismisses plea against DLF Group New Delhi: Competition watchdog CCI has dismissed a plea for investigating alleged abuse of market dominance by realty major DLF Group that was related to a commercial office project here.

In an order released on Friday, the CCI said that there is no need for proceeding with the plea against DLF Commercial Complexes Ltd for alleged abuse of dominance, while allotting office space in its DLF Tower project in West Delhi, as the company "was not dominant in the relevant market determined by the Commission".

Observing that there does not exist a prima facie case under the relevant section of the CCI Act to order a probe by its investigation division, CCI said, "allegations related to unfair trade practices, deficiency in services etc may be pleaded at other appropriate forums, if the informant so desires, the same being not within the ambit and jurisdiction of the Commission".

The order was passed by Competition Commission of India (CCI) Chairman Ashok Chawla alongwith five members.

However, one of the CCI members submitted his dissent to the order and said that there is a need to ask the CCI's investigation arm to probe whether the company has abused its dominance and imposed unfair conditions on the buyer.

The order was passed following a complaint filed by one Kaushal Rana, who had applied for commercial office space at in real estate firm's DLF Tower project in West Delhi in March 2008.

PTI