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India’s online sellers to appeal against the competition commission Flipkart pronunciation

The logo of Flipkart is seen at its office in Bangalore, India, on May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

MUMBAI (Reuters) – A group that the online sellers in India will appeal against the Competition Commission of India (CCI’s) ruling in favor of Walmart-owned Flipkart, the group, the lawyer of Chanakya Basa said in a release on Saturday.

All India Online Sellers Association (AIOVA), which corresponds to more than 3,500 online merchants, had complained that Flipkart was using its dominant position to promote, select vendors. The CCI had rejected this argument in November.

The CCI had said Flipkart as Amazon does not break rules that by their selection of merchants and brands. [nL4N1XI3KJ]

The AIOVA will appeal to the National company law Appellate Tribunal on Monday against the CCI decision, Basa told Reuters.

“We are convinced that we have submitted enough information to prove that the existence of a prima facie case that the hon’ble Commission has failed to take into account. Hence, we submit this appeal,” Basa said in a statement.

The AIOVA has also led to a similar case against Amazon, alleging it is advantageous for vendors who partially owns, such as Cloudtail, and Appario.

India has a growing e-commerce market with nearly 500 million Indians use the internet in 2018. The market is tipped to grow to $200 billion in ten years, according to Morgan Stanley. [nL3N1RZ068]

Reporting by Euan Rocha and Suvashree Dey Choudhury; Editing by with the ipad has Himani

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