House panel against giving CCI chief search powers

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 19 2014, 09:30am hrs
A Parliamentary panel has opposed government's proposal to provide the Competition Commission chief with powers to order search and seizure activities and has cited that the watchdog is still at an "infancy" stage.

Corporate affairs ministry has proposed to provide chairman of Competition Commission of India (CCI) with powers to approve search and seizure activities related to probes in cases involving unfair business practices.

The proposal is part of the The Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

However, Yashwant Sinha-headed Standing Committee on Finance in its report on the Bill has said that status quo should be maintained on the issue.

At present, for carrying out such activities CCI's Director General (DG) has to approach Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Delhi.

The Bill also provides that search and seizure shall be subject to the provisions of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.