US e-commerce giant Amazon, which is said to be probing alleged bribes paid by its legal representatives in India, spent ₹8,546 crore in legal expenses during 2018-20 to maintain a presence in the country, sources said. Rupees or 1.2 billion USD spent. .
Sources aware of the firm’s public account filings said that the entities of Amazon – including Amazon Retail India Pvt Ltd, Amazon Seller Services Pvt Ltd, Amazon Transportation Services Pvt Ltd, Amazon Wholesale (India) Pvt Ltd, and Amazon Internet Services Pvt Ltd (AWS) ) Are included. India paid Rs 3,420 crore during 2018-19 and Rs 5,126 crore during 2019-20 as legal fees. Amazon is locked in a legal battle over its acquisition of Future Group and is facing investigation by the Competition Commission of India (CCI).
While the company declined to comment on the legal fee issue, traders’ body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) claimed that Amazon was spending 20 per cent of its revenue on lawyers, this was suspicious. CAIT National General Secretary Praveen Khandelwal wrote to Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, “The huge amount spent under legal professional fees clearly shows how Amazon and its subsidiaries are working their way to bribe and manipulate Indian government officials.” Misusing financial power.”