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CCI Issues Desist Order Against Chandigarh Housing Board For Indulging In Anti-Competitive Practices

Updated on Wednesday, August 23, 2023 18:37 PM IST

 

Delhi, 23 Aug 2023 :

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) issued an order under Section 27 of the Competition Act, 2002 (“Act”) on 22.08.2023 holding Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) to be in contravention of the provisions of Section 4(2)(a)(i) read with Section 4(1) of the Act.

The case was initiated on the basis of an Information filed by Mr. Ramesh Kumar, an allotee of a flat offered under a Self-Financing Housing Scheme (“Scheme”) floated by CHB in the year 2010.

It was alleged that CHB has abused its dominant position under Section 4 of the Act, inter alia, by imposing unfair terms and clauses on the allottees, failure on behalf of CHB to disclose the date of possession of the flats to the allotees in its Brochure and/or Acceptance- Cum- Demand Letter (ACDL), and levy of penal interest for full month even for delay of one day.

Having delineated the relevant market as the “market for the provision of services for development and sale of residential flats in the Union Territory of Chandigarh”, the Commission found CHB to be in a dominant position so as to operate independently of the competitive forces prevailing in the relevant market. The Commission also found non- disclosure of date of delivery of possession to applicants of the flats and levying penal interest for full month on account of delay of one day in credit of instalment to be an abuse of dominant position under section 4(2)(a)(i) of the Act.

Considering the fact that corrective measures have already been taken by CHB, the CCI refrained from imposing any monetary penalty upon CHB.

A copy of the order in Case No. 39 of 2021 is available on CCI website at www.cci.gov.in

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