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Online sale of smartphones: CCI calls for DG probe into allegations of anti-competitive practices against Flipkart, Amazon

The Commission has called for a probe into allegations of exclusive arrangements, deep-discounting and preferential listing by the two e-commerce giants.

Aditya AK

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has directed the Director General (DG) to investigate allegations of anti-competitive conduct in the online sale of smartphones levelled against e-commerce giants Flipkart and Amazon.

The information was filed by Delhi Vyapar Mahasangh, an association of traders who deal in smartphones and related accessories.

Flipkart and Amazon were alleged to be in vertical agreements - prohibited under Section 3 of the Competition Act, 2002 - with certain preferred sellers. Allegations of deep discounting, preferential listing, and abuse of dominant position were also levelled against the two e-commerce platforms.

The informant association thus alleged contravention of Section 3(4) read with Section 3(1) and Section 4(2) read with Section 4(1) of the Act by Flipkart and Amazon.

The following are the detailed allegations made by the informant before the CCI:

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