Union Commerce and Industries Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said there was no inquiry into complaints against e-commerce giant Flipkart of predatory prices of goods and unfair trade practices during its recent Big Billion Day sale. Also Read - iPhone 11, iPhone XR up for grab with massive discount on Flipkart Big Saving Days saleAlso Read - Flipkart Big Saving Days sale begins: Pixel 4a, Realme X7, Samsung Galaxy F62, more on discount
I would like to state that no enquiry has been planned or proposed on the e-retailer on the concerns raised by customers on the big billion day sale,” she told reporters after a visit to the BJP office. Also Read - Flipkart Big Saving Days smartphone deals: Pixel 4a is star of the show once again
Sitharaman had earlier said that the centre would look into the complaints of predatory prices on goods sold by Flipkart after allegations of unfair trade practices were leveled against it during the discount sale on October 6.
“We have received many inputs. Lot of concerns have been expressed. We will look into it,” she had said. Today, she said her earlier remarks were misinterpreted. “My earlier three sentence remarks were interpreted in three million ways on the Flipkart issue,” she said.
Sitharaman also declined to comment on the tax issues of another e-retailer Amazon with the Karnataka Government. Karnataka tax department had sent notices to third party merchants working with Amazon India, directing them to stop storing their products in Amazon’s Bangalore fulfillment centre.
The tax authorities apparently claimed that Amazon should pay the sales tax for all the orders through its fulfillment service since they believe that Amazon owns these goods for all “practical” purposes.
Amazon, however, claimed that it is just a service provider and doesn’t own goods at any point of sale due to which it is not liable to pay this tax.