India court dismisses pleas by Amazon, Flipkart to quash antitrust probe-lawyer – About Your Online Magazine

A man passes an Amazon logo outside the company’s collection point in Mumbai, India, March 19, 2021. REUTERS / Francis Mascarenhas

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – An Indian court on Friday rejected calls by Inc and Walmart’s Flipkart to quash an antitrust investigation, a lawyer told Reuters, more than a year after the investigation was suspended after challenges legal rights by companies.

The India Competition Commission (CCI) announced a January 2020 investigation into Amazon and Flipkart following a complaint by a group of merchants who claimed they were promoting some “preferred sellers” and, in turn, harming the businesses of others smaller sellers.

The companies denied any wrongdoing and obtained suspension from a court last year.

The Supreme Court in southern Karnataka state on Friday rejected Amazon and Flipkart’s petitions to quash the investigation, Abir Roy, a lawyer for the opposing Indian merchants’ group, told Reuters, paving the way for a restart of the investigation.

Paula Fonseca