New Delhi:  The Competition Appellate Tribunal will hear for the second consecutive day tomorrow actor- producer Ajay Devgn's appeal against fair trade regulator CCI decision rejecting his complaint against Yash Raj Films (YRF).

Ajay Devgn Films (ADF) had approached the tribunal yesterday within hours after his complaint was rejected by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) alleging abuse of dominant position by Yash Raj Films.

Hearing the ADF's plea this morning, COMPAT asked YRF to file an affidavit furnishing information regions, giving figures of the single screen theatres which it had entered into agreement for 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' along with its previous release 'Ek Tha Tiger'.

It has also asked for figures of the single screen theatres, which had bought the prints of 'Ek Tha Tiger' only, regarding claims of ADF on the market competition and its assertions about YRF abusing its dominant position.

This was filed during the second half of the hearing post lunch. However, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is representing ADF, disputed the figures.

The COMPAT bench headed by its Chairman Justice V S Sirpurkar decided to continue the hearing on Thursday.

The matter relates to Diwali release of two films next week on November 13 -- Ajay Devgn's 'Son of Sardar' and YRF's SRK starer 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan'.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) had rejected Devgn's complaint against Yash Raj Films, saying that there are no violations of competition norms in the case.

Ajay Devgn Films Pvt Ltd had moved the CCI alleging that YRF was using its dominant position to ask exhibitors to dedicate more screens to its own upcoming release, Shahrukh Khan-starer 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', affecting Devgn's film 'Son of Sardaar'.

"The Commission is prima facie of the opinion that there is no contravention of the provisions of the (Competition) Act in the present case," CCI had said in its order.

The CCI said Devgn did not place on record any data related to market share or economic strength to show how the YRF was in a dominant position in the relevant market.

The Delhi High Court had on Friday asked the CCI to "expeditiously" decide on Ajay Devgn Films' complaint that 'Son of Sardaar' was not getting enough single-screen theatres as Yash Raj Films allegedly has used its dominant position for better exhibition of 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan'.

As per the Commission, the grievance of Ajay Devgn Films arose due to fear that it would not get enough theatres for 'Son of Sardaar' because of the agreement of single screen theatres with Yash Raj Films at the time of releasing 'Ek Tha Tiger'.

(Agencies)

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