The Delhi High Court on Tuesday kept in abeyance an August 2022 Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) order directing Amazon to recall over 2,200 pressure cookers and pay reimbursement to consumers. [Amazon Seller Services Pvt Ltd v. Central Consumer Protection Authority]
However, Justice Yashwant Varma ordered the e-commerce platform to notify consumers about the fact that these cookers lack Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) marking.
Amazon has also been directed to deposit the fine of ₹1 lakh imposed on it by the CCPA with the High Court.
The US based e-commerce giant had moved the High Court challenging a CCPA order from August this year imposing a fine of ₹1 lakh and directing it to recall over 2,200 pressure cookers that were sold on its platform without BIS marking.
CCPA had also directed Amazon to reimburse consumers who bought these cookers.
Appearing for Amazon, Senior Advocate Rajiv Nayar argued that prior to passing of the order, they were not even made aware of the contents of any investigation undertaken by the CCPA.
He stated that the report of authority’s investigation, which may perhaps have formed the background of the order, was not provided to the company. Nayar added that CCPA does not even have the power to impose penalties.
The Court noted that the issue needs consideration, and thereafter issued notice to the CCPA, seeking its response. The matter will now be considered on November 15.
A case related to e-commerce platform Snapdeal will also be considered on the same date.