The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has registered four cases against telecom companies, including one by Reliance Jio against other operators and two against the Mukesh Ambani-led group firm itself, for alleged violation of competition laws. Also Read - Best Vodafone-idea (Vi) prepaid plans under Rs 100: List of plans, unlimited data, voice calls, moreAlso Read - Airtel Rs 79 plan vs JioPhone Rs 75 prepaid plan compared: Which offers better value?
Among others, the complaints about unfair competitive practices and abuse of dominance have also been filed against regulator TRAI, DoT, industry body COAI, as also against operators Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Vodafone India, Aircel, Videocon Telecommunications, Telenor and BSNL. Giving details of these complaints, Minister of State for Corporate Affairs Arjun Ram Mehgwal informed Parliament, “The Competition Commission of India has registered four cases against cellular service providers alleging Section 3 and 4 of the Competition Act.” Also Read - Airtel Rs 79 vs Vodafone-Idea (Vi) Rs 79 prepaid plans compared: Data, calls, and other benefits
While Section 3 of the Competition Act pertains to anti-competitive practices, Section 4 relates to abuse of dominant position. The Minister was replying to a query on whether CCI has received complaints of unfair competition and monopoly practiced by the cellular service providers against certain private cellular service providers. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio free offers could extend beyond March 31, 2017
“Under the provisions of the Competition Act, 2002, the CCI is mandated, inter-alia, to impose penalties and/or issue cease and desist orders in cases of unethical practices such as anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominance,” he said.