Dhanendra Kumar (Competition Commission of India): Competition regime in India - Status and challenges

1. India has a competition law since 2002, but it is only recently that the competition law regime has been effectively implemented. What are the reasons that explain this delay?

2. How receptive has the business community been to the need for competition law in India? How do you intend to promote awareness and compliance to competition law?

3. What are the key issues for rolling out merger control?

4. Are the current procedures followed by the CCI in compliance with the principle of due process? What are the internal checks and balances in the decision-making power of the CCI? What are the external checks and balances, in particular the scope of judicial review of the authority’s decisions?

5. What are, in your view, the main obstacles to the promotion of competitive markets in India?

6. What are the enforcement priorities for CCI?

7. Has the CCI powers to act against public restrictions to competition? Would this be a priority area for the CCI?

8. Does the CCI have adequate resources? What are the current and the projected levels for staffing for the next few years?

9. Tell us about the first case you have initiated.

10. What is the role of economic analysis in the enforcement of competition law by the CCI?

11. What role do you see for CCI regionally and globally?

Interview conducted by Ioannis Lianos, University Collège of London and Daniel Sokol, University of Florida, Gainesville.

Since February 28, 2009 Chairperson, Competition Commission of India 2005-2009 Executive Director for India at the World Bank in Washington 1991-1996 Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Haryana and Chairman of the Haryana State Industries Development Corporation 1983-1986 Resident Director of the India Investment Centre in London 1968 Civil servant in India Dhanendra Kumar: Competition regime in India - status and challenges Stanford University Press has recently launched a new Global Competition Law and Economics Series, co-directed by professors Ioannis Lianos (UCL, London) and Daniel Sokol (Levin College of Law, Florida) with a stellar advisory board from academics and decision-makers around the world (see

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  • Competition Advisory Services India (COMPAD)
  • USC Gould School of Law
  • University College London


Dhanendra Kumar, Daniel Sokol, Ioannis Lianos, Dhanendra Kumar (Competition Commission of India): Competition regime in India - Status and challenges, February 2011, Concurrences N° 1-2011, Art. N° 33943,

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