The Competition Commission of India (CCI) recently found that SAAR IT Resources Private Limited (OP 1), CADD Systems and Services Private Limited (OP 2) and Pentacle Consultants (I) Private Limited (OP 3), collusively manipulated the process of bidding, by rigging the bids for the tender floated by Pune Municipal Corporation (OP 4).  The tender was for ‘selection of agency for carrying out geo-enabled tree census using GIS & GPS Technology’. The conduct of OP 1, OP 2 and OP 3 amounted to an infringement of Section 3(3)(d) of the Competition Act, 2002 (Act). The CCI in this case held that bid-rigging includes an agreement that has the effect of reducing competition for bids or adversely affecting or manipulating the process of bidding. The OPs and the individuals in-charge for
The Indian Competition Authority fines companies for bid-rigging in a tender for a tree census provider (Nagrik Chetna Manch / SAAR / CADD / Pentacle / Pune)
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