It was alleged that YRF was using its dominant position to ask exhibitors to dedicate more screens to its film Jab Tak Hai Jaan, adversely affecting Devgn's Son of Sardaar, which releases on the same day.
Responding to reports that the Competition Commission of India (CCI) rejected the complaint, a statement was issued by ADF, saying: "The Competition Appellate Tribunal has seen merit in our case and has issued notice for enquiring into the anti competitive activities of YRF about the tie-in arrangement to block our movie Son of Sardaar on the day of Diwali.
"While looking at YRF's own damning statement that only 821 theatres, which have already executed agreement with YRF for showing Jab Tak Hai Jaan on the Diwali day, had a so-called tie-in arrangement in comparison to 1407 single screens for Ek Tha Tiger, the Competition Appellate Tribunal did not provide an interim relief.
"This leaves the balance screens which have not executed agreements with YRF to show Jab Tak Hai Jaan till date to be free to exhibit Son of Sardaar without any tie-in arrangement of YRF. This would include 586 single screens which had earlier shown Ek Tha Tiger.
"Accordingly, we would now be approaching all theatres who have not executed any agreement for showing Jab Tak Hai Jaan for exhibiting our movie. However, if the above facts are found to be false which would be proven through evidence after the release of the movie, we would not only continue to fight against YRF's anti competitive activities on our own behalf but also on the behalf of the entire industry."
Ajay Devgn claims he filed the complaint against Yash Raj Films to put an end to the big-name monopoly in Bollywood and that his actions are for the good of the film industry.
Son of Sardaar and Jab Tak Hain Jaan release on November 13.