CCI pulls up Kerala film bodies

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on June 23, 2015

Competition Commission of India (CCI) has pulled up Kerala Film Exhibitors Federation (KFEF), and Film Distributors Association, Kerala (FDA), alleging anti-competitive conduct, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs said in a statement.

According to the order, the informant, Kerala Cine Exhibitors Association (KCEA), had approached CCI alleging anti-competitive conduct by KFEF and FDA in not allowing screening of new films in the theatres owned by members of the KCEA.

CCI found that the conduct of KFEF and FDA in agreeing on the number of theatres where the new movies would be released resulted in restricting or limiting the release of new movies, the statement added.

The watchdog has imposed a penalty of ₹56,134 upon KFEF and ₹45,189 on FDA.

Financial penalties were also imposed on the President and General Secretary of KFEF and FDA as CCI concluded that they were actively involved in the affairs of their respective associations and as such they were responsible for the anti-competitive decision making.

Published on June 23, 2015
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