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America continues its probe into Amazon’s antitrust practices whereas India drops its investigation without offering an explanation

But Amazon might not be in the clear yet as another probe launched by India’s competition regulator is still active.

The US Department Of Justice (DOJ) has been asked to investigate Amazon for "potentially criminal conduct" by the five members of the US House Judiciary Committee, according to a Reuters report. The bipartisan group sent a letter dated March 9, 2022, to the Attorney General of the US, alleging that Amazon engaged in a "pattern and practice of misleading conduct that suggests" it was acting with an improper purpose to influence or obstruct the panel's investigation into competition in digital markets, the report added. The "We have no choice but to refer this matter to the DOJ to investigate whether Amazon and its executives obstructed Congress in violation of applicable federal law," Reuters said while quoting the letter. The matter that the lawmakers refer to pertain to revelations that came to the fore because of a Reuters investigation which stated that the Jeff Bezos-led company ran a systematic campaign of copying best-selling products and manipulating search results in India to boost sales of its own brands. March 9: On the other hand, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) decided not to proceed with its suo motu investigation into allegations related to the use of private labels by Amazon on March 7, according to a copy of the order on CCI’s website. The regulatory body did not reveal the reasons behind its decision which comes as a surprise given the severity of the allegations against Amazon. In a letter sent on October 21 last year, the CCI had directed Amazon Seller Services Pvt. Ltd.…

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