Compat rejects Bhargava’s plea; relief for Jet-Etihad

Mar 28 2014, 15:21 IST
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SummaryThe Competition Appellate Tribunal (Compat) on Thursday dismissed an appeal filed by former Air India executive director Jitendra Bhargava challenging fair trade watchdog CCI's approval to the R2,060-crore Jet-Etihad deal.

The Competition Appellate Tribunal (Compat) on Thursday dismissed an appeal filed by former Air India executive director Jitendra Bhargava challenging fair trade watchdog CCI's approval to the R2,060-crore Jet-Etihad deal.

Pronouncing its ruling on the appeal, Compat Chairman VS Sirpurkar said there is "no locus standi" for the appellant.

The tribunal's ruling comes as a relief for Jet and Etihad since the deal has run into various regulatory hurdles. The deal also marked the first instance of FDI in an Indian carrier by an overseas airline.

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On the other hand, Bhargava had contended that CCI failed to carry out an assessment of the appreciable adverse effect on competition and "placed all passengers and indeed the entire airline industry into a grave risk of suffering irreparable damage and permanently eliminating competition."

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