Flipkart Wants India’s Supreme Court to Halt Antitrust Probe

Walmart Inc. (WMT) owned online retailer Flipkart is asking India’s Supreme Court to stop the country’s antitrust body, the Competition Commission of India (CCI), from continuing with an ongoing probe into the company.

Flipkart made this request through a 700 paged court filing in which the online retailer claims that the antitrust regulator asked sensitive questions in what the company terms as an ‘invasive investigation’.

For some time now, Flipkart and Amazon Inc. (AMZN) have been on the radar of the Competition Commission of India, the antitrust regulator has been making various accusations against these two among them using their dominance and huge capital and client base to engage in unfair competition in the country which puts small retailers at a disadvantaged position.

In what Flipkart is terming as sensitive question, the regulator asked the online retailer for the list of its top sellers, online discounts and agreements with smartphone manufacturers. The whole set of contains 32 questions directed by the regulator to the online retailer.

The information sought is sensitive in nature. It is evident that the director-general is determined to take precipitative action,” said Flipkart.

Flipkart told the Supreme Court that such probe and revelation of such information could have serious consequences on the company’s reputation and goodwill.

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