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House panel against giving CCI chief search, seizure powers

Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Posted: February 19, 2014 4:57 am

A Parliamentary panel has opposed the government’s proposal to provide Competition Commission chief with powers to order search and seizure activities and has cited that the watchdog is still at an “infancy” stage.

The corporate affairs ministry has proposed to provide chairman of Competition Commission of India (CCI) with powers to approve search and seizure activities related to probes in cases involving unfair business practices. The proposal is part of the Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

However, Yashwant Sinha-headed Standing Committee on Finance, in its report on the bill, has said that status quo should be maintained on the issue.

At present, for carrying out such activities, CCI’s director general has to approach chief metropolitan magistrate, Delhi.

The Bill also provides that search and seizure shall be subject to the provisions of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973. In its report, the panel emphasised that existing provisions lay down adequate checks and balances with regard to search and seizure operations.

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