A senior agency source reported to Reuters on Friday that the Indian Law Enforcement Agency recently asked Amazon to provide information about its operations in the country as the agency continues to investigate the US e-commerce giant.

Last month, a source from the country’s federal agency to combat financial crimes stated that the agency will investigate the findings in a recent Reuters special report, which shows that the company has been investigating a small number of people on its Indian platform for many years. The seller gave preferential treatment and used them. Circumvent the country’s foreign investment regulations.

Amazon has been investigating the agency for many years, and the reason may be a violation of foreign investment rules. In India, such investigations usually take several years, and in most cases, detailed information will not be made public.

The Reuters special report is based on internal Amazon documents between 2012 and 2019. It provides internal observations of the cat-and-mouse game between Amazon and the Indian government. Whenever the government implements adjustments to new restrictions designed to protect India, it will adjust its corporate structure. Little businessman.

On Friday, a source from the senior executive board told Reuters, “Obviously we have sought information from Amazon.”

When asked whether the agency sought documents from the company, the source said: “Information refers to information and documents.”

The source declined to comment further on what type of documents to seek or whether to convene any company executives for questioning.

An Amazon spokeswoman in India declined to comment.

In a report released last month, Amazon expressed confidence in its compliance with Indian laws. It added that it “does not give preferential treatment to any seller in the market” and “treats all sellers in a fair, transparent and non-discriminatory manner”.

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Indian retailers are an important part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s support base and have long accused e-commerce giants such as Amazon and Walmart’s Flipkart of violating federal regulations and their Business practices hurt small traders. The two companies deny these allegations.

Documents reviewed by Reuters show that Amazon has helped a small number of sellers develop on its Indian platform, provided them with discounted prices, and helped them reach special deals with large technology manufacturers such as Apple.

The documents show that the company also exercised significant control over the inventory of some of the largest sellers on Amazon.in, even though the company publicly stated that all sellers operate independently on its platform.

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