The Competition Commission of India (‘Commission’) has been established to enforce the competition law under the Act. The Commission consists of a Chairperson and not more than 6 Members appointed by the Central Government.
It is the statutory duty of the Commission to eliminate practices having adverse effect on competition, promote and sustain competition, protect the interests of consumers and ensure freedom of trade carried on by other participants, in markets in India as provided in the Preamble as well as Section 18 of the Act.
The Commission is also mandated to give its opinion on competition issues to government or statutory authority and to undertake competition advocacy for creating awareness of competition law.
(From Left to Right) Smt. Sangeeta Verma, Member Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta, Chairperson Shri Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi, Member
The Commission as of 31st March 2019
(From Left to Right) Smt. Sangeeta Verma, Member Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta, Chairperson Shri U. C. Nahta, Member
The Commission as of 31st March 2018
(From Left to Right) Shri U. C. Nahta, Member Shri Sudhir Mital, Member Shri D. K. Sikri, Chairperson Shri Augustine Peter, Member Shri G. P. Mittal, Member
The Commission as of 31st March 2017
(From Left to Right) Shri G. P. Mittal, Member Shri Sudhir Mital, Member Shri D. K. Sikri, Chairperson Shri S. L. Bunker, Member Shri Augustine Peter, Member Shri U. C. Nahta, Member
The Commission as of 31st March 2016
(From Left to Right) Shri U. C. Nahta, Member Shri S. L. Bunker, Member Shri Augustine Peter, Member Shri D. K. Sikri, Chairperson Shri Sudhir Mital, Member Shri M. S. Sahoo, Member Shri G. P. Mittal, Member
The Commission as of 31st March 2015
(From Left to Right) Shri U. C. Nahta, Member Shri Augustine Peter, Member Shri Sudhir Mital, Member Shri Ashok Chawla, Chairperson Shri S. L. Bunker, Member Shri M. S. Sahoo, Member
The Commission as of 31st March 2013
(Standing Left to Right) Shri S. L. Bunker, Secretary Shri S. N. Dhingra, Member Shri Anurag Goel, Member Shri H. C. Gupta, Member (Sitting Left to Right) Smt. Geeta Gouri, Member Shri Ashok Chawla, Chairperson Shri M. L. Tayal, Member
The Commission as of 31st March, 2010 & 31st March 2011
(From Left to Right) Shri S. L. Bunker, Secretary Shri P. N. Parashar, Member Shri Anurag Goel, Member Shri H. C. Gupta,
Member Shri Dhanendra Kumar, Chairperson Smt. Geeta Gouri, Member Shri M. L. Tayal, Member Shri R. Prasad, Member
Secretary & the Secretariat
The Secretariat is the Division within the Commission responsible for handling administrative matters and carrying out the day-to-day affairs of the Commission. The responsibility of communicating with parties in proceedings before the Commission or corresponding with other regulatory bodies, inter alia, is discharged by the Secretariat.
The Antitrust Division (ATD) assists the Commission in the discharge of its enforcement mandate relating to the prohibition of anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominant position.
Antitrust DivisionThe Antitrust Division (ATD) assists the Commission in the discharge of its enforcement mandate relating to the prohibition of anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominant position.
Combination DivisionThe Combination Division facilitates the Commission in its role as an ex-ante regulator of acquisitions, mergers and amalgamations. All combinations above a certain financial threshold are mandatorily required to be notified to the Commission and cannot be consummated until approved by the Commission. The Division provides inputs for competition assessment of notified combinations as per the provisions of the Competition Act, 2002, to determine whether a combination is likely to have an appreciable adverse effect on competition in India. The Division keeps abreast of the changing business environment and assists the Commission in its endeavours to streamline procedures and promote ease of doing business by amending combination regulations from time to time. The division also initiates suo motu inquiries in cases where the parties fail to notify reportable combinations.
Advocacy DivisionAdvocacy division is entrusted with the following functions:
- Creating awareness: Creating awareness about the Commission’s activities through publication and dissemination of advocacy material.
- Training Programmes: Conducting training programmes on competition law.
- Academic Events: Sponsoring Moot court events/seminars/lectures on competition law at premier academic institutions.
- Conferences: Regularly scheduling roadshows and conferences to engage with stakeholder
Economic DivisionThe Economics Division, a cross-cutting Division within the CCI, facilitates the Commission arriving at well-considered decisions by providing economic analysis on both antitrust and combination cases. Additionally, the division is also entrusted with the responsibility of conducting market studies, which help ascertain the Commission’s enforcement and advocacy priorities in different sectors. It is involved in the preparation of responses to inter-ministerial and inter-regulatory references, besides serving as a nodal point in promoting research and scholarship in competition law and economics, such as the annual National Conference on Economics of Competition Law.
Legal DivisionThe Legal Division is the repository of all information and documentation regarding legal challenges or appellate matters in courts, tribunals and other judicial forums. It is also responsible for charting out the strategy when it comes to the resolution of contentious matters before various judicial forums involving the Commission. Over the years, the appellate authorities and other judicial forums have increasingly confirmed the vast majority of orders of the Commission that had been litigated. This has helped clear the air on various issues and will accordingly provide much-needed clarity going forward.
International Cooperation DivisionThe establishment of an International Cooperation Division within the CCI is an attempt to follow a phased, flexible and planned approach to global antitrust cooperation. This is usually done via the signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with various competition authorities, in addition to participating in various multilateral fora like the International Competition Network (ICN), the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the BRICS grouping.
Capacity Building DivisionCapacity Building Division (CBD), organises training programmes such as induction training, lectures by external resource persons and training for employees conducted in collaboration with premier academic institutions. CBD under the aegis of its Distinguished / Special Lecture Series (DVKS/SLS) programme, invites eminent experts in various fields to deliver lectures which has benefitted the commission’s employees.
Corporate Services DivisionService Division is looking after all the general administration matters in CCI and O/o DG, CCI like Procurement of Goods and Services, maintenance and issue of stock and assets of CCI, Protocol, Hospitality and Logistic arrangements for the meetings/seminars etc. Maintenance of office premises of CCI, Printing matters, liaison with various agencies on misc. administrative issues. deployment of Security and Housekeeping staff, hiring and providing official vehicles to the eligible officers in CCI.
Library ServicesLibrary of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) is a “Resource Centre” for Competition Law & Policy. Library is equipped with all the modern infrastructure facilities and literature (either hard or in digital form) available nationally/internationally on Competition Law. This “Resource Centre” caters to the information and reference needs of all its Members, Officers and Staff. An extended Library Resource Centre also functions at Office of the Director General, CCI, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi.
Regional OfficesThe Regional Offices are a step towards augmenting the Commission’s regional presence and fulfilling its duties as a federal regulator by engaging closely with State governments, PSUs, Industry bodies and the Academia who are important stakeholders in fostering greater competition in the economy. The region, consisting of prominent industrial clusters, has been at the forefront of India’s economic progress. The regional offices are going to facilitate the Commission's advocacy outreach, which has been at the core of competition regulation. It will also facilitate enforcement by acting as a center for filing and receiving cases, facilitating investigation, follow up court cases and online deposition in coordination with Delhi Office.
Chennai OfficeThis Regional Office will cater to the five States i.e. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and two Union Territories i.e. Puducherry and Lakshadweep.
Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta, Chairperson, CCI with Shri S. Ghosh Dastidar, Secretary, CCI and Shri V Sriraj, Joint Director (Law) at the inauguration of Regional Office (South) in Chennai on February 26, 2021
Competition Commission of India
Regional Office (East)
9th Floor, 2nd MSO Building
234/4, A J C Bose Road
Kolkata - 700020