Traders urge Govt to launch fast track CCI investigation against Amazon & Flipkart
Business Bureau :
The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) in a communication sent recently to Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal has urged him for a fast track CCI investigation against Amazon and Flipkart to meet the end of justice. The CCI may be directed to fast track mode of investigation against Amazon and Flipkart on the complaints filed by the CAIT and Delhi Vyapar Mahasangh (DVM) while making this demand, the CAIT said that a longer investigation may give sufficient time to both e-comm companies to manage the records and temper the evidence which may lead to dictum justice delayed-justice denied. The CAIT further said that the matter was hanging fire for about two years already and any more slow process of investigation will kill the purpose of the investigation.
The matter was raised by the CAIT in September, 2019 with the DPIIT which went to Karnataka High Court and later the Supreme Court after the CCI passed an order of investigation in 2020. The CAIT has also urged Goyal to roll out E-Commerce Rules under Consumer Protection Act falls under Consumer Affairs Ministry and E Commerce Policy by DPIIT under his command in the Ministry of Commerce. Any longer period of investigation into business practices of both Amazon and Flipkart will prove to be counter productive and will have no meaning at all.
The investigation should be time bound to maintain sanctity of the justice-said CAIT National President B C Bhartia and Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal. “We must admit that there are loopholes in laws and Rules and the concerning Acts are weak which give enough leverage to these global e-tailers to twist the law and the rules to their own whims and wishes,” said the traders’ body. Since they are noted global law violators facing several cases in various countries, they have an expertise as to how the investigation can be delayed. Each day the business practices of these companies are killing the domestic business to a larger extent and therefore fast track investigation is the need of the hour. In the light of the same normal routine of investigation by CCI may take considerable time which may have enough opportunity to both the companies to use different tactics to delay the investigation to defeat the very purpose of the investigation and in the meantime, these companies will continue with their mal-practices as usual.