The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is investigating e-commerce companies Amazon and Flipkart. The ongoing controversy regarding this investigation is not taking its name to stop. Now Amazon and Flipkart have filed a fresh appeal in the Division Bench against the decision of the Karnataka High Court regarding the investigation of CCI. The Karnataka High Court had last week cleared the CCI probe. Both the companies are accused of anti-competitive behaviour.
Both the companies filed separate petitions
According to the information, Flipkart has filed an appeal late on Wednesday evening. At the same time, Amazon India has filed an appeal on Thursday morning. Both these appeals are likely to come up for hearing on Friday. Both the companies have filed separate appeals. The court can hear both the appeals together. However, no decision has been taken to combine the two appeals. A source familiar with the matter has given this information.
CCI had ordered an inquiry in January last year
In January last year, the CCI had ordered a probe into Amazon and Flipkart. The CCI had said that prima facie all evidence exists to conduct the investigation under section 26(1) of the Competition Act, 2002. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) and the Delhi Trade Federation (DVM) had accused Amazon India and Flipkart of giving more discounts to customers and benefitting some sellers. It was only after these allegations that the CCI ordered an inquiry.
The investigation was ordered before Jeff Bezos’s visit to India
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos came to India on a business trip in 2020. A few days before his visit, the CCI had ordered an inquiry. Flipkart and Amazon India had approached the Karnataka High Court in February 2020.
On this, the High Court had stayed the investigation giving interim relief. The CCI filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the High Court’s decision. In October 2020, instead of giving any decision, the Supreme Court sent the matter back to the Karnataka High Court.
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