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Flipkart appeals to Supreme Court to try and stop CCI probe: Report

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Flipkart's appeal was met with caveats filed by trade bodies who want a CCI investigation into e-commerce platforms even as government-proposed changes to e-commerce rules are on the horizon.  Walmart-owned Flipkart on Tuesday filed an appeal with the Supreme Court against the July 23 order by the Karnataka High Court, which refused to stay the antitrust probe initiated by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) into Flipkart and Amazon, Reuters reported. Amazon is also expected to file a similar appeal, the report added. MediaNama has reached out to Flipkart for comments and will update the story once we receive them. Why this matters? CCI initiated a probe into multiple allegations against Amazon and Flipkart in January 2020, but the investigation was immediately put on hold due to legal challenges. On June 11, the investigation was set to resume after the Karnataka HC dismissed the pleas by Amazon and Flipkart, but the two companies once again filed an appeal. The July 23 ruling dismissed these appeals and cleared the path for CCI to continue with its investigation, but Flipkart is now challenging this ruling. Why has Flipkart approached the Supreme Court? On July 23, a division bench of the Karnataka High Court dismissed the appeals filed by Amazon and Flipkart challenging an earlier ruling by a single judge that had allowed the probe by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to resume. “Amazon and Flipkart’s appeals are devoid of merit and substance and deserve to be dismissed,” the two-judge division bench of the…

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