Amazon India executives charged in MP drugs case
The executive directors of Amazon Seller Services Limited have been accused under section 38 of the NDPS Act in the marijuana sale case through the Amazon e-commerce portal.
The Madhya Pradesh Police had busted an interstate drug peddling gang that used the Amazon website for moving over one tonne of marijuana from Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh to three other states. The Bhind Police in Madhya Pradesh is investigating the matter.
In this regard, the police had written to Amazon asking them to explain if there was any method of verifying the sellers. The police could have probably booked the person involved from the verification team as well.
The current report of the sale of marijuana through the e-portal of Amazon is a big shock and an eye-opener. To earn profit these companies can do anything or everything including the sale of prohibited goods.
MP Home Minister Narottam Mishra gave a strong and unequivocal warning to Amazon to either cooperate with the investigation conducted by the MP Police else they will be brought to MP by force.
The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) appreciated the firmness of MP Police in this matter and have complimented MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and MP Home Minister Narottam Mishra for the efficiency of the police system in MP.
CAIT said that Mishra’s statement has generated hopes among the trading community across the country that this time this sensational issue will not be diluted since the statement has plugged all the escape routes for Amazon.
CAIT highly regretted that whenever the government plans any action against Amazon, they have a stereotyped reply that the company is conducting an internal investigation. The pertinent question is whether Amazon is bigger than the government. Every time there is illegality they start an internal probe to avoid an external probe. Our agencies consider their probe bigger than the Indian probe and hence do not take any action which encourages these companies to conduct more and more mal-practices, CAIT said.
“It has been reported that Amazon has been facilitating trade of marijuana through its marketplace e-commerce platform which is meant to act only as a bridge between buyer and seller for the sale and purchase of permitted goods/ services. However, from the recent findings of Madhya Pradesh Police, it is clear that the drug rackets being operated on the marketplace platform are not without the knowledge and active involvement of Amazon, but Amazon has been fully involved by storing such narcotics in their warehouses, provided their delivery channels for safe and secure delivery of the drugs to the customers and also taking a major share of the sales proceeds (of the order of 66 percent) as their profit/ sales commission”, CAIT said.
[With Inputs from IANS]
 Madhya Pradesh Police unearths marijuana sales through Amazon. CAIT demands thorough probe by NCB – Nov 14, 2021, PGurus.com
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