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Report: Indian watchdog probes anti-competitive complaints against Maruti Suzuki

The Competition Commission of India is investigating claims that Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. engaged in anti-competitive behavior by pushing its own insurance policies on to customers, Reuters reported, citing sources.

India's largest carmaker reportedly used "tie-in arrangements" that let it promote preferred suppliers to customers.

In June, the CCI received an anonymous complaint alleging Maruti Suzuki suppressed competition and limited consumer choice by recommending its own insurance plans over its competitors, forcing customers to pay higher prices for the service.

The investigation "will take a while," the source said.

A representative told Reuters that "we are not aware of any such alleged complaint that is being investigated by CCI and therefore cannot comment on the same."

Maruti Suzuki did not immediately respond to requests for comment from S&P Global Market Intelligence.