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CCI directs MakeMyTrip to relist properties of Treebo, FabHotels in four weeks

The Competition Commission of India () has directed online travel platform MakeMyTrip to relist the properties of Treebo and FabHotels in four weeks, providing some interim relief to the two chains.

On Tuesday, the provisional directions were given by India’s competition watchdog after both MakeMyTrip and Oyo conveyed that they had no objections to relisting Treebo and FabHotels properties on the former’s platform.

The final order on the CCI investigation over allegations that MakeMyTrip abused its dominant position in favour of Oyo is pending.

In a previous interim order on March 9, the CCI had
directed the travel company to relist these properties with immediate effect.

Oyo had
, however, filed a petition against the CCI order in the Gujarat High Court, arguing that the order was passed without giving an opportunity to the company to be heard and was in violation of the principles of natural justice.

In June, the Gujarat High Court had sent the matter back to the CCI, stating that the CCI may proceed to pass a fresh order after affording an opportunity of hearing to Oyo within a fixed time frame.

MakeMyTrip had delisted properties of Treebo and FabHotels on its portals in 2018 following an agreement with Oyo.

MakeMyTrip, Treebo, Oyo and FabHotels did not respond to emails seeking comments on the matter till press time.

In its March 9 interim order, the CCI had said the conduct of MMT-GO (MakeMyTrip and Goibibo) in delisting franchisee service providers, specifically Treebo and FabHotels, had affected competition in the market by denying access to an important channel of distribution through foreclosure.

“The conduct of MMT-Go in delisting and continuing to delist franchisee service providers, specifically FabHotels and Treebo as well as the budget hotels which were availing (of) some logistic support from them has affected competition in the market by denying access to an important channel of distribution through foreclosure,” said the March 9 order.

The order had also stated that nothing stated in it shall tantamount to a final opinion on the merits of the case and that the continuation of exclusionary contractual commitment between MakeMyTrip and Oyo may change the competition landscape and tip the markets in favour of the two companies.

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