Setback to Amazon, Flipkart, Supreme Court, Shock to Amazon, Flipkart, Supreme Court said- Challenging investigation, like seeking notice before FIR

Setback to Amazon, Flipkart, Supreme Court, Shock to Amazon, Flipkart, Supreme Court said- Challenging investigation, like seeking notice before FIR

Amazon, Flipkart

Amazon, Flipkart&nbsp

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Monday declined to entertain a plea by Amazon and Flipkart challenging a preliminary inquiry by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) into alleged violations of competition law. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana said challenging the probe was tantamount to seeking notice before registering an FIR under the criminal law. Simultaneously, the bench asked e-commerce companies to cooperate in the investigation of the CCI.

The bench also includes Justice Vineet Saran and Justice Surya Kant. The bench said that we expect big organizations like Amazon and Flipkart themselves to come forward for questioning, and you do not want that. You have to appear and allow the investigation.

The bench extended the deadline by four weeks after senior advocate AM Singhvi, appearing for Flipkart, pointed out that the time for the CCI’s reply was expiring on August 9 itself. However, this was objected to by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the CCI.

Mehta said that these firms should be given a week’s time, because in the era of Kovid, people are mostly buying online through these companies. Earlier on July 23, the Karnataka High Court had dismissed Amazon-Flipkart’s plea against the CCI probe for alleged violation of competition law.


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