New Delhi, Jan 30 (PTI) Fair trade regulator CCI has dismissed allegations of abuse of dominant position against auto component maker SKF India with regard to manufacturing of bearing rings. Also Read - Pune: Micro Containment Zones Likely to Return in District Soon, But no New Lockdown on Cards | Read Details

The complaint was filed by Pune-based Asmi Metal Products, engaged in the business of forging and machining of bearing rings and other fabricated metal products. Also Read - Lockdown in Maharashtra: Week-long Lockdown, Night Curfew Return in Some Areas From Today After Rise in COVID Cases | Key Points

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The complainant had alleged that SKF India had abused its dominant position by forcing it to make irrelevant expenditures on expansion of manufacturing facilities and imposing unfair and discriminatory conditions at the time of awarding contracts, among others.

For the case, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) considered the ‘market for industrial bearings in India’ as the relevant one.

Citing the data compiled by Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), CCI said in an order dated January 24 that several other players are also operating in the relevant market.

The regulator noted that SKF India does not appear to enjoy a position of strength required to operate independently of the market forces in the relevant market.

“Since, the OP (Opposite Party) does not appear to be in a dominant position in the relevant market, the question of abuse of dominant position by the OP does not arise,” CCI said.

Noting that “no case of contravention of the provisions of the (Competition) Act” is made out against SKF India, CCI dismissed the complaint.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.