Although India’s competition law has contained an interim measure provision since inception, two things stood about the Competition Commission’s (“Commission”) usage of interim measures – (i) the overall frequency (or lack) of its usage; and (ii) its limited usage in a low shelf-life Bollywood movies context. Changing course, on March 9, 2021, in an interim relief concerning the online travel agents’ market, MakeMyTrip India Pvt. Ltd. and the Ibibo Group Private Limited (“MMT-GO”) were directed by the Commission to relist two budget hotel franchisees, Treebo and FabHotels on their OTA platform.  Thus, taking cue from the EU’s interest in usage of interim measures in digital context, the Indian landscape is all set to change. In this article, we assess if this entails a “change in course”
The Indian Competition Authority grants interim relief to hotel franchisees in the online travel agency market (MMT-Go / Treebo / FabHotels)
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