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Competitive panel expects to dispose two-three cases soon

Kolkata, May 24 (IANS) The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is expected to dispose of at least two to three cases in the coming one to one-and-half month’s time, a senior official said here Monday.

‘We hope to dispose of at least two to three cases in the coming one to one-and-half month’s time,’ CCI chairman Dhanendra Kumar told IANS on the sidelines of a seminar organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce.

He said 38 cases were now pending with the competition watchdog.

According to earlier reports, the panel was scheduled to dispose of four cases within the fourth week of May this year.

Asked about how many cases were ready, he said: ‘I am not giving any numbers. Few cases have reached the stage of decision… they are ripe – around four to six cases. It depends on the lawyer. Our attempt is to decide as quickly as possible.’

‘There is no target. We are meeting everyday. As soon as the case becomes ripe… the evidence is complete, the parties are satisfied we will announce,’ he clarified.

CCI is yet to pass a single verdict since the United progressive Alliance (UPA) government passed a notification in May 2009 for the functioning of the commission.

Talking about the judgment in the alleged anti-competitive case concerning film producers and a similar case related to direct-to-home (DTH) companies refusing inter-operability in their set top boxes to customers, Kumar said: ‘DTH is one of the cases that has reached the ripe stage.’

He, however, refused to divulge further details.

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