As per the current norms, only the director general of CCI upon authorisation by the chief metropolitan magistrate, Delhi, has the powers to carry out search and seizure in any investigations. This is under Section 41(3) of the Competition Act, 2002.
According to Pilot who took charge as the minister of state (independent charge), MCA, last month, these changes will be brought in the form of amendments to the Competition Act, 2002.
Pilot also informed the Lok Sabha that there are plans to reduce the number of days required by the CCI to decide on applications seeking approval for merger and acquisition of companies. "The number of days for CCI to decide on M&A deals is proposed to be reduced to 180 days via a suitable amendment," he said.
The Cabinet has already approved these amendments early last month.