• Firms bidding to halt Competition Commission of India investigation
• State alleges e-commerce giants bypassed law with complex business set-ups
Amazon filed an appeal with India’s top court on Wednesday over a state court’s order that allowed an antitrust probe against the US firm and Walmart’s Flipkart to continue.
Flipkart challenged the Karnataka decision in the Supreme Court on Tuesday after it had dismissed cases filed by itself and Amazon seeking to quash the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) 2020 investigation into claims the firms had bypassed Indian law by creating complex business structures.
The companies have denied wrongdoing, but the state court in southern India said “they should not feel shy in facing an inquiry”.
Details of Amazon’s plea were not immediately clear. The Supreme Court website showed the case listing of an appeal, without giving further details.
Flipkart challenged the decision requesting restraint by the CCI after the watchdog asked 32 “sensitive” questions in mid July, in what the firm called an “invasive” investigation.
- Reporting by Reuters
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