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THE MONOPOLIES AND RESTRICTIVE TRADE PRACTICES ACT, 1969

Title : THE MONOPOLIES AND RESTRICTIVE TRADE PRACTICES ACT, 1969

Year : 1969



(1) The Central Government may, while-

(a) According any approval, sanction, permission, confirmation or recognition, or

(b) Giving any direction or issuing any order, or

(c) Granting any exemption, under this Act in relation to any matter, impose such conditions, limitations or restrictions as it may think fit.

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(3) If any condition, limitation or restriction imposed by the Central Government under sub-section (1) 2[***], is contravened, the Central Government may rescind or withdraw the approval, sanction, permission, confirmation, recognition, direction, order or exemption made or granted by it.

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1. Sub-section (2) omitted by Act 58 of 1991, section 24 w.r.e.f. 27-9-1991.

2. The words "or any term of a scheme of finance, as modified under sub-section (2)", omitted by Act 58 of 1991, section 24 w.r.e.f. 27-9-1991.

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Any person aggrieved by 1*[any decision on any question referred to in clause (a), clause (b) or clause (c) of section 2A, or any order made by the Central Government under Chapter III] or Chapter IV, or, as the case may be, or the Commission under 2*[section 12A or] 3*[section 13 or section 36D or section 37], may, within sixty days from the date of the order, prefer an appeal to the Supreme Court on one or more of the grounds specified in section 100 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of 1908).

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1. Substituted by Act 30 of 1984, section 44, for "any order made by the Central Government under chapter III" w.e.f. 1-8-1984.

2. Inserted by Act 58 of 1991, section 25 w.r.e.f. 27-9-1991.

3. Substituted by Act 30 of 1984, section 44 for "section 13 or section 37" w.r.e.f. 1-8-1984.

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No court inferior to that of a 1*[Court of Session] shall try any offence under this Act.

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1. Substituted by Act 30 of 1984, section 45, for "Presidency Magistrate or a Magistrate of the first class" w.e.f. 1-8-1984.

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No court shall take cognizance of any offence punishable under this Act except on a report in writing of the facts constituting such offence made by a person who is a public servant as defined in section 21 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).



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1. Section 58 omitted by Act 30 of 1984, section 46 w.e.f. 1-8-1984.

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No statement made by a person in the course of giving evidence before the Commission shall subject him to, or be used against him in, any civil or criminal proceeding except a prosecution for giving false evidence by such statements:

Provided that the statement-

(a) Is made in respect to a question which he is required by the Commission to answer; and

(b) Is relevant to the subject-matter of the inquiry.



(1) No information relating to any undertaking, being an information which has been obtained by or on behalf of the Commission for the purposes of this Act, shall, without the previous permission in writing of the owner for the time being of the undertaking, be disclosed otherwise than in compliance with or for the purposes of this Act.

(2) Nothing contained in sub-section (1) shall apply to a disclosure of an information made for the purpose of any legal proceeding pursuant to this Act or of any criminal proceeding which may by taken, whether pursuant to this Act or otherwise, or for the purposes of any report relating to any such proceeding.

1*[(3) The provisions of sub-section (2) relating to the disclosure of information shall not extend to the disclosure of the source of such information, except where the disclosure of such source is required by any court, tribunal or other authority.]

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1. Inserted by Act 30 of 1984, section 47 w.e.f. 1-8-1984.

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The Central Government may at any time require the Commission to submit to it a report on the general effect on the public interest of such trade practices as, in the opinion of that Government, either constitute or contribute to monopolistic or 1*[restrictive or unfair trade practices] or concentration of economic power to the common detriment.

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1. Substituted by Act 30 of 1984, section 48 for "restrictive trade practices" w.e.f. 1-8-1984.

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The Central Government shall cause to be laid before both Houses of Parliament an annual report, and every report which may be submitted to it by the Commission from time to time, pertaining to the execution of the provisions of this Act.



Every member of the Commission, the 1*[Director General], and every member of the staff of the Commission, and of the 1*[Director General], shall be deemed, while acting or purporting to act in pursuance of any of the provisions of this Act, to be public servants within the meaning of section 21 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).

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1. Substituted by Act 30 of 1984, section 2 for "Director and the Registrar" w.e.f. 1-8-1984.

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(1) No suit, prosecution or other legal, proceedings shall lie against the Commission or any member, officer or servants of the Commission, the 1*[Director General] or any member of the staff of the 2*[Director General] in respect of anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done under this Act.

(2) No suit shall be maintainable in any civil court against the Central Government or any officer or employee of that Government for any damage caused by anything done under, or in pursuance of any provisions of, this Act.

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1. Substituted by Act 30 of 1984, section 2 for "Director and the Registrar" w.e.f. 1-8-1984.

2. Substituted by Act 30 of 1984, section 2, for "Director, the Registrar" w.e.f. 1-8-1984.

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Last updated on June, 2016

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