Government asks tech giants to testify about anti-competitive practices on August 23

New Delhi: Committee chairman Jayant Sinha said top executives from the Indian branches of Apple, Google, Amazon, Netflix and Microsoft will appear on Tuesday before a parliamentary panel looking into anti-competitive practices in the digital space. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance is looking into various aspects of competition in the market, especially with regard to technology majors.

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According to a notice issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, the agenda of the meeting is “oral evidence from representatives of big tech companies on the subject of ‘anti-competitive’ practices by big tech companies.” “Representatives of Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Netflix from their Indian arm and a few others will appear before a parliamentary committee on the issue of competitive behavior in the digital market,” Sinha told PTI on Sunday.

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The BJP leader and former Union Minister further said that the committee has already held discussions with Competition Commission of India (CCI), Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Indian tech firms on the issue.

Representatives of food delivery platforms Swiggy and Zomato, e-commerce player Flipkart, cab aggregator Ola, hotel aggregator OYO and All India Gaming Association are among those who have already been called by the Sinha-led panel.

In the recent past, there have been complaints about the alleged anti-competitive practices of various technology platforms and firms. Following complaints of unfair trade practices, CCI is already investigating various cases, especially in the digital space. On 28 April, the CCI made a presentation before a parliamentary panel about the aspects of competition in the market.