CCI seeks to move ahead Amazon probe
As Amazon India fears an investigation into its business practices could harm its reputation, the Competition Commission of India attempts to push the Competition Law investigation forward.
The CCI had ordered a probe into foreign-owned e-commerce giants Amazon and Flipkart for allegedly violating Competition Law. Both businesses moved the Karnataka High Court in an attempt to quash the probe by filing petitions, Indo-Asian News Service reported.
“But look at the reports,” said CCI additional solicitor Madhavi Divan, Bar and Bench reported. “It is better to conduct an investigation and put the matter to rest.”
“Also, why would a brand want to sell their product only in one platform,” asked Divan about Amazon’s alleged exclusive tie-ups with brands. “Why that exclusivity?”
Divan also criticised what she sees as Amazon having preferred sellers on its platform and promoting them at the expense of others.
“Why do names of only some sellers come up in search lists,” asked Divan, according to Bar and Bench. “Why don't the other names come up?”
Amazon has faced numerous criticisms of its business practices in India, notably from the Confederation of All India Traders, which has gone to great lengths to make a stand against what it sees as unfair business practices, even organising nationwide strikes.
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