In­dia on­line sell­ers to ap­peal de­ci­sion

Viet Nam News - - ASIA BUSINESS -

MUM­BAI — A group rep­re­sent­ing on­line sell­ers in In­dia will ap­peal against the Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mi­sion of In­dia’s (CCI’s) rul­ing in favour of Wal­mart-owned Flip­kart, the group’s lawyer Chanakya Basa said in a re­lease on Satur­day.

All In­dia On­line Ven­dors As­so­ci­a­tion (AIOVA), which rep­re­sents more than 3,500 on­line sell­ers, had com­plained that Flip­kart was us­ing its dom­i­nant po­si­tion to favour select sell­ers. The CCI had re­jected this ar­gu­ment in Novem­ber.

The CCI had said Flip­kart as well as Ama­zon did not break reg­u­la­tions through their se­lec­tion of mer­chants and brands.

The AIOVA will ap­peal to the Na­tional Com­pany Law Ap­pel­late Tri­bunal to­day against the CCI de­ci­sion, Basa said.

“We firmly be­lieve we have filed ad­e­quate in­for­ma­tion to prove the ex­is­tence of a pri­mafa­cie case which the hon’ble Com­mis­sion has failed to take into ac­count. Hence, we are fil­ing this ap­peal,” Basa said in a state­ment.

The AIOVA has also brought a sim­i­lar case against Ama­zon, al­leg­ing it favours mer­chants that it partly owns, such as Cloud­tail and Ap­pario. In­dia has a bur­geon­ing e- com­merce mar­ket, with al­most 500 mil­lion In­di­ans us­ing the in­ter­net in 2018. The mar­ket is tipped to grow to $200 bil­lion in a decade, ac­cord­ing to Mor­gan Stan­ley. — REUTERS

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