Walmart-Flipkart deal: Traders' body CAIT to move court against Competition Commission of India's nod to the pact

The CAIT has been demanding the government to scrap the deal and constitute a regulatory authority to monitor the country's e-commerce market.

Press Trust of India August 09, 2018 08:54:26 IST
Walmart-Flipkart deal: Traders' body CAIT to move court against Competition Commission of India's nod to the pact

New Delhi: Traders' body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Wednesday described as 'most unfortunate' the Competition Commission of India's (CCI) move to clear the Walmart-Flipkart deal and said it will approach the court against the decision.

The Competition Commission on Wednesday said it has approved US retail giant Walmart's proposed acquisition of Flipkart.

"It is most unfortunate that leaving aside the objections raised by CAIT in CCI, the commission has approved the deal. Without giving any opportunity of hearing to CAIT, the CCI has flayed principle of natural justice.

WalmartFlipkart deal Traders body CAIT to move court against Competition Commission of Indias nod to the pact

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"We deeply condemn such an attitude and will certainly move the court against the decision of CCI. CAIT has called an emergency meeting of its governing council on 19 August at Nagpur to take stock of the situation and finalise a strategy for a nationwide movement," CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal told PTI.

The CAIT has been demanding the government to scrap the deal and constitute a regulatory authority to monitor the country's e-commerce market.

The trader's body had said it apprehends that the deal is bound to circumvent established laws and FDI policy of the government.

In May, Walmart Inc announced the acquisition of 77 percent stake of Flipkart in its biggest takeover till date.

The deal values the 11-year old Indian e-commerce firm at $20.8 billion.

"@CCI_India approves proposed acquisition of Flipkart Private Limited by Wal-Mart International Holdings, Inc," the regulator said in a tweet.

Deals beyond a certain threshold are required to get clearance from the CCI.

The regulator keeps a tab on unfair business practices in the marketplace.

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