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Flipkart Says Anti-Trust Probe Shouldn't Treat It The Same As Amazon

Flipkart and Amazon have denied allegations of misusing their dominant market place

Walmart’s Flipkart shouldn’t be handled the identical as rival Amazon in an Indian antitrust probe because the proof in opposition to the 2 corporations was “qualitatively completely different”, Flipkart argued in a courtroom submitting seen by Reuters.

Each Amazon and Flipkart have challenged the Competitors Fee of India (CCI) in courtroom as they search revocation of a courtroom’s June resolution to permit an antitrust probe in opposition to them to proceed. The businesses deny any wrongdoing.

Authorities has referred to as the US corporations boastful and accused them of utilizing authorized routes to stall the investigation.

In closing submissions made to a courtroom in Karnataka, the Walmart unit argued that CCI and the courtroom “confuse the info” between the case of Amazon and Flipkart, and neglected that they have been “fierce opponents”.

To again its arguments, it mentioned {that a} enterprise settlement examined by the CCI earlier than ordering its probe was solely between Amazon and its sellers, and there was no such proof in opposition to the Walmart unit.

“The allegations and the proof earlier than the CCI in opposition to the Appellant have been qualitatively completely different from these referring to Amazon. The CCI ought to have independently examined the case in opposition to every of the 2 platforms,” Flipkart mentioned in its 46-page submission, which was not public.

The courtroom is more likely to go a written order on the appeals in coming days.

Flipkart and Amazon didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The CCI did not reply outdoors common enterprise hours on Sunday.

For years, Amazon and Flipkart have denied allegations from brick-and-mortar retailers about circumventing Indian regulation by creating advanced enterprise constructions.

Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal final month lashed out on US e-commerce giants for submitting authorized challenges and failing to adjust to the CCI’s probe, saying “in the event that they don’t have anything to cover why do not they reply to the CCI?”

In February, a Reuters investigation based mostly on inner Amazon paperwork confirmed the US agency for years had helped a small variety of sellers prosper on its platform in India, utilizing them to bypass overseas funding legal guidelines. Amazon additionally has oblique fairness stakes in two of its huge on-line sellers, Cloudtail and Appario, which get “subsidised charges”, Reuters reported.

The Walmart unit argued in its submission that “in contrast to within the case of Amazon”, there have been no structural hyperlinks of any type between Flipkart and its sellers.

Flipkart “must have been handled in another way from Amazon,” it mentioned.

Amazon and Flipkart are main gamers in an e-retail market India forecasts will likely be value $200 billion by 2026.

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