Amazon India told the Karnataka high court on Wednesday that there is no “prima facie” evidence on the basis of which the Competition Commission of India (CCI) wants to open a probe, further added that it would be an abuse of power if such a probe is initiated.
Amazon’s advocate said that - There must be a prima facie finding with adverse effects on competition on which CCI could order such an investigation, and also highlighted many of the initiatives. For example, doorstep grocery delivery actually increases competition instead of being anti-competitive. They cited previous judgments in cases of Star India and Airtel over CCI probe orders that were quashed on similar grounds as Amazon’s. Interestingly, a legal representative from Flipkart was also present at the hearing as the Walmart-owned e-tailer has been a respondent in the case by Amazon India.