Lambasting the anti-competitive practices of e-commerce companies like Amazon and Flipkart, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said instead of forum shopping, they should let the Competition Commission of India (CCI) investigate if they were doing honest business, adding that the reluctance showed they weren't doing it right.
"...when questioned about it they keep fobbing off, delaying giving you the information and when people complained to the Competition Commission of India, they immediately started forum shopping. Trying to go to one court, lose in that court, go to another court .. to my mind if they have nothing to hide if they are doing honest business practices why don't they respond to the Competition Commission of India?" he said at a webinar.
"The fact that they are trying to evade that only justifies that they are probably indulging in predatory prices, trying to influence market behaviour. Their algorithms are trying to influence consumer choice and these are not permitted in India. They should have submitted to the requirements of the Indian laws," he added.
Goyal's comments come at a very crucial time when the division bench of the Karnataka High Court is expected to pronounce its judgement on whether CCI can investigate the two companies or not.