Amazon launches legal fight for India expansion

Amazon has filed a writ petition against the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Delhi High Court seeking clarification on "unnecessary" summons issued to its employees and questioning the scope of its investigation in alleged FEMA violation in the Future Group deal.

In a plea filed before the Delhi High Court, Amazon accused ED of conducting a "fish and roving enquiry" against it. It said that the agency is summoning multiple executives from the company which amounts to unnecessary harassment, and that the ED doesn't have "requisite jurisdiction... to investigate issues relating to people joining or leaving the legal team of Indian Amazon entities in India..."

The plea filed by Amazon is likely to come up for hearing before the Delhi High Court bench led by Justice Rekha Palli on December 23.

The ED has for months been probing Amazon's INR 1,430 crore investment in Future Group for suspected violations of foreign investment laws.


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