The Competition Commission of India (CCI) says a Reuters report published last month corroborated evidence it had received that showed Amazon favored large sellers on its platform. In January 2020, the CCI began investigating Amazon and Flipkart after a trader group accused the two platforms of promoting preferred sellers. The investigation was halted after the two e-commerce giants launched successful legal challenges.
- Madhavi Goradia Divan, a solicitor representing the CCI, made the statement to a judge at the High Court of Karnataka as part of an appeal to reopen the investigation.
- Last month, Reuters published a report outlining how Amazon favored large sellers on its Indian platform and used them to circumvent rules intended to protect smaller sellers.
- Indian retailers have repeatedly accused Amazon of preferring large sellers and employing predatory pricing, which hurts their business.
- Amazon has said it “does not give preferential treatment to any seller on its marketplace” and “treats all sellers in a fair, transparent, and non-discriminatory manner.”
- Small Indian sellers are a key component of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's base.