CCI : Mere common business linkages between bidders not sufficient to prove bid rigging

Case Reference:

Virendra Kumar Singh Vs Nandal Finance & Leasing Private Limited (Competition Commission of India) dated 18/05/2022

_It may not be entirely uncommon, where a common Promoter/Director acts as a link between two entities, to facilitate anti-competitive behaviour. However, there is no presumption that it has to be that way at all times; instead it will depend upon the attendant factual matrix. Thus, the Commission is of the view that merely having common business linkages between the bidders as projected by the Informant, in itself, cannot be the sole basis to suggest meeting of minds or assentio mentium between the bidders in the bidding process.”_

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