DLF is already under the scanner of the fair trade watchdog in other cases of anti-competitive practices.
Finding prima facie evidence of violating fair trade norms, CCI has now ordered probe into DLF's New Town Heights residential project, located at Sector 86 in Gurgaon, Haryana.
The allegations relate to certain anti-competitive clauses in the apartment buyer's agreement.
According to the regulator, clauses of the agreement referred to in the current matter are identical to ones entered into by DLF in other abuse of dominance cases that are already being probed. The earlier cases are at different stages of investigation by CCI's Director General (DG).
The latest probe has been ordered against DLF, DLF Home Developers and DLF New Gurgaon Homes Developers as well as on role of persons, who were in-charge of these entities.
"As such, the Commission is prima facie of the view that the present case requires to be investigated into by the Director General," CCI said in an order dated February 27.
"Considering the facts of the case, the relevant market in the present case, prima facie, appears to be same as determined in earlier three cases ie the market of provision of services for development of residential apartments in the geographical area of Gurgaon," it noted.
An individual has alleged that the practices followed by DLF group were abusive of its dominant position since it imposed highly arbitrary, unfair and unreasonable conditions through 'Apartment Buyer's Agreement'.It has also been alleged that terms of the agreement were heavily loaded in favour of DLF.
If one were to scrutinize most of the builders agreements available, then they all need to be hauled up by the CCI. It is organisations like CREDAI which should ensure that their members do not violate these rules or misuse their position .But then when you have an organisation which elects from among themselves what credibility such an organisation has......or control.....other than serving their own interest.Indian realty space has a long way to go.