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The Competition Commission of India (CCI), armed with a civil court’s power, can issue interim orders to temporarily restrain anti-competitive conduct that occurs or is about to occur during the course of an inquiry. However, with only four interim orders issued in the past 11 years, this power has been seldom used by the CCI.
Much of its underutilization could be attributed to the high standard that the CCI needs to meet while passing such an order. In this piece we assess the probable reasons of the limited usage of interim powers and the need to revive its use in appropriate cases.