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CCI imposes Penalty on Kerala Film Exhibitors Federation ( KFEF ) and its two office Bearers for Contravening Competition Law

Dated:- 9-9-2015 - Competition Commission of India (CCI) found Kerala Film Exhibitors Federation ( KFEF ), an association of theatre owners, to be conducting their activities in contravention of Section 3 of the Competition Act, 2002 ( the Act ). The Informant, M/s Crown Theatre, had approached CCI alleging anti-competitive conduct by KFEF in not allowing screening of Malayalam and Tamil films in its theatre since May 2013. Consequent upon detailed investigation by Director General, CCI found th .....

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y denied Malayalam/Tamil films to the Informant due to the ban imposed by KFEF. They apprehended that non-observance of the directions of KFEF would result in their boycott as well by the members of KFEF. Accordingly, CCI held that KFEF has indulged in anti-competitive conduct in violation of the provisions of section 3(3)(b) read with section 3(1) of the Act. Further, two of its office bearers, namely, Mr. P.V. Basheer Ahmed (President, KFEF) and Mr. M.C. Bobby (Secretary, KFEF) were found to b .....

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orders of the Commission where heavy financial penalties have been imposed. The Commission further noted that the conduct of KFEF and its above said office bearers was under investigation in a previous case and despite this fact, they resorted to anti-competitive activities. This utmost disregard by KFEF and its office bearers to the past orders of the Commission against like film associations in other cases as well as the on-going investigation against it in Case No. 45 of 2012, caused the Com .....

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