The Indian Competition Authority fines 3 chemical companies for bid rigging in the market for water purification (Aditya Birla Chemicals / Grasim Industries / Gujarat Alkalis and Chemicals)

Competition Commission of India finds Grasim Industries and others indulging in anti-competitive practices* The Competition Commission of India ("CCI") vide its order dated 05.10.2017 has found Aditya Birla Chemicals (India) Limited (ABCIL), Grasim Industries Limited (GIL) and Gujarat Alkalis and Chemicals Limited (GACL) (collectively called as "opposite parties') guilty of bid rigging/ collusive bidding in terms of provisions contained in Section 3(3)(d) of the Competition Act, 2002 ("The Act") and has imposed penalty totaling INR 6.27 Crores. The brief facts are as under. For production of potable water three chemicals, namely, Poly Aluminum Chloride (PAC), Alum (coagulant) and Liquid Chlorine (LC) (disinfectant) are widely used, but PAC is mostly used as it is easy to handle.

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Man Mohan Sharma, The Indian Competition Authority fines 3 chemical companies for bid rigging in the market for water purification (Aditya Birla Chemicals / Grasim Industries / Gujarat Alkalis and Chemicals), 5 October 2017, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2017, Art. N° 87480

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