New Delhi, Aug 24: The nation's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL) on Monday mentioned it's analyzing and can "take appropriate actions under law" with regards to an order by the CCI that imposed Rs 200 crore penalty on it for indulging in anti-competitive conduct and proscribing reductions by its sellers.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) in a press release on Monday acknowledged that it discovered that "MSIL had an agreement with its dealers whereby the dealers were restrained from offering discounts to the customers beyond those prescribed by MSIL".
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"In other words, MSIL had a 'Discount Control Policy' in place for its dealers whereby the dealers were discouraged from giving extra discounts, freebies, etc. to the consumers beyond what were permitted by MSIL," it added.
Accordingly, the CCI mentioned it has "imposed a penalty of Rs 200 crore upon MSIL, besides passing a cease-and-desist order".
Reacting to the order, a spokesperson of MSIL mentioned, "We have seen the order dated 23 August 2021 published by the Competition Commission of India. We are examining the order and will take appropriate actions under law."
The spokesperson additional mentioned, "MSIL has always worked in the best interests of consumers and will continue to do so in the future."
According to the CCI, if a seller wished to supply further reductions, prior approval of MSIL was necessary.
"Any dealer found violating such Discount Control Policy was threatened with imposition of penalty, not only upon the dealership, but also upon its individual persons, including Direct Sales Executive, Regional Manager, Showroom Manager, Team Leader etc," the CCI mentioned in a press release.
The competitors regulator additionally mentioned to implement the Discount Control Policy, "MSIL appointed Mystery Shopping Agencies ('MSAs') who used to pose as customers to MSIL dealerships to find out if any additional discounts were being offered to customers".
The CCI discovered that MSIL not solely imposed the 'Discount Control Policy' on its sellers, however "also monitored and enforced the same by monitoring dealers through MSAs, imposing penalties on them and threatening strict action like stoppage of supply, collecting and recovering penalty, and utilisation of the same".
"Hence, such conduct of MSIL which resulted in appreciable adverse effect on competition within India...," it mentioned including such acts had been in contravention of provisions within the Competition Act, 2002.
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