Element of anti-competition in tendering process of lotteries can be investigated by CCI: Supreme Court

The Court said that though lotteries may be a regulated commodity and res extra commercium, it would not take away CCI's jurisdiction regarding anti-competitive activities in businesses related to lotteries.
Justices SK Kaul and MM Sundresh
Justices SK Kaul and MM Sundresh

The Supreme Court on Wednesday held that if in the tendering process of lotteries, there is an element of anti-competition which would require investigation by the Competition Commission of India (CCI), the same cannot be prevented on the ground that lottery business is 'res extra commercium' (things outside of commercial intercourse) [Competition Commission of India vs State of Mizoram].

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