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New ordinance Competition Amendment Bill

Posted on 23 October 2009,    
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Dear Member

 

The Hon’ble President of India promulgated the Competition (Amendment) Ordinance, 2009 to further amend the Competition Act, 2002 on October 14, 2009.  The Ordinance amended section 66(1), (3), (4) & (5) of the Competition Act, 2002.  The Amended sub section reads as under:

 

“Section 66               Repeal and saving

 

(1)      The Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act, 1969 (54 of 1969) is hereby repealed and the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission established under sub-section (1) of section 5 of the said Act (hereinafter referred to as the repealed Act) shall stand dissolved.

 

(3)      All cases pertaining to monopolistic trade practices or restrictive trade practices pending (including such cases, in which any unfair trade practice has also been alleged), before the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission shall, on the commencement of the Competition (Amendment) Ordinance, 2009 stand transferred to the Appellate Tribunal and shall be adjudicated by the Appellate  Tribunal in accordance  with the provisions of the repealed Act as if that Act had not been repealed.

 

(4)      Subject to the provisions of sub-section(3), all cases pertaining to unfair trade practices other than those referred to in clause (x) of sub-section(1) of section 36A of the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act, 1969 (54 of 1969) and pending before the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission immediately before the commencement of the competition (Amendment) Ordinance, 2009 shall, on such commencement stand transferred to the National Commission constituted under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (68 of 1986) and the National Commission shall dispose of such cases as if they were cases filed under that Act:

 

Provided that the National Commission may, if it considers appropriate, transfer any case transferred to it under this sub-section, to the concerned State Commission established under section 9 of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (68 of 1986) and that State Commission shall dispose of such case as if it was filed under that Act.

 

(5)      All cases pertaining to unfair trade practices referred to in clause (x) of sub-section(1) of section 36A of the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act, 1969 and pending before the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission shall, on the commencement of the Competition (Amendment) Ordinance, 2009 stand transferred to the Appellate Tribunal and the Appellate Tribunal shall dispose of such cases as if they were cases filed under that Act.”

 

A copy of the Competition (Amendment) Ordinance, 2009 is attached for your information. 



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