Unnamed Amazon India executives have been booked under the nation’s narcotics law, the police in the Indian central state of Madhya Pradesh said on Saturday evening, providing no information as to how many top managers were charged.
The executive directors of the US e-commerce giant Amazon have been charged in connection with the alleged use of the retail platform for smuggling marijuana in the South Asian market.
Police reportedly arrested two men with 20 kg of marijuana on November 14, saying the pair had founded a firm, Babu Tex, which was registered with Amazon as a vendor.
The marketplace was then reportedly used for smuggling the substance in the guise of stevia leaves to other Indian states.
Senior executives of Amazon India were being named among the accused under the country’s drug legislation due to differences in answers provided by the corporation in response to police questions and facts unearthed during discussions.
According to police, nearly 1,000 kg of marijuana, worth about $148,000, was sold via Amazon. Shortly after the allegations emerged, the US company released a statement, saying that listing and selling legally prohibited products is not allowed on Amazon’s portals.
The retailer also said that it takes strict action against sellers in case of any contravention. India is a major overseas market for Amazon. The company has poured more than $6.5 billion into its operations in the country.
Amazon India is currently the subject of an antitrust probe and is in the middle of a heated debate over multi-billion-dollar deals involving two of India’s largest retail chains.
The company’s legal representatives had bribed government officials in the country. Amazon claimed it launched an investigation into the allegation.
RT. com / ABC Flash point News 2021.