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Competition Commission of India rejects Airtel’s complaint against Reliance

Competition Commission of India rejects Airtel’s complaint against Reliance

Competition Commission of India (CCI), the fair trade regulator, has discarded the complaint from Bharti Airtel charging anti-competitive ways by Reliance Jio and Reliance Industries, saying no such case could be made out in opposition to the Mukesh Ambani-guided companies.

The Competition Commission of India also stated that Bharti Airtel has made “opposing compliances of the impugned free of charge services” of Jio as being a result of influence of ruling position by parent company Reliance Industries as well as a result of supposed anti-competitive contract between the 2 group companies.

Sending away Bharti Airtel’s complaint, the Competition Commission of India claimed in a 17-page order that the firm has not provided any reasonable clarification as to how free services of Jio were the result of the one-sided conduct of Reliance Industries as well as an anti-competitive contract between Reliance Jio and Reliance Industries.

The order supposes implication since the Competition Commission of India has already ordered a thorough investigation into the conduct of guiding telecom operators, counting Bharti Airtel, for supposedly forming an alliance in opposition to Reliance Jio.

In its order rolled out this week, the Competition Commission of India said Jio’s behavior has not been found as guilty in disobeying the rules of the (Competition) Act forbidding unfair pricing counting predatory pricing.

Competition Commission of India

It also claimed that in the nonattendance of any proof of anti-competitive behavior by Jio, its parent company Reliance Industries cannot be held responsible for breaching of the competition rules just because it has made invested huge set of money in its telecom business.

“Simple funding cannot be looked upon as leverage of leading position, specifically when Reliance Industries itself is not occupied in the business of offering telecom services,” Competition Commission of India said.

“If one was to interpret such venture as anti-competitive, the same might put off entry and/or growth and restrict the development of markets,” the Competition Commission of India claimed, while giving a verdict that no prima facie case of breach of the competition rules is made out in opposition to the Reliance Jio and Reliance Industries.

For now, one thing is for sure, we might witness more of such garbage in the coming period. The success of Jio over the existing telecom giants is the reason behind all this baseless allegations. It all started with the launch of Jio’s free of cost services in 2016 and is nowhere near to end.

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