The government has begun a search process to find the next chairperson of fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI) after the end of the tenure of incumbent D K Sikri later this year.
Sikri, who is the third chairman of CCI, had assumed office in January 2016, replacing another former bureaucrat Ashok Chawla.
Sikri's tenure of about two-and-a-half years will end this July after he attains 65 years of age.
To fill this vacancy, the Corporate Affairs Ministry on Saturday invited applications from eligible Indian nationals for the post. The applications need to be submitted by July 2.
The CCI has gained importance in recent years with all major deals requiring its approval, while it has also been keeping a close vigil for any attempts at cartelisation or other unfair trade practices in various sectors, including real estate, automotive, coal, aviation and banking.
Among major deals, Walmart's mega-billion dollar acquisition of Flipkart is currently awaiting CCI approval.
The Commission draws its power from the Competition Act, 2002, and has been empowered to check anti-competitive behaviour and regulate mergers & acquisitions.
Prior to Sikri and Chawla, Dhanendra Kumar was the CCI chairman. Kumar became CCI Chairman in February 2009 and he demitted office in June 2011.