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Delhi High Court Issues Notice in response to Plea Asking E-commerce Websites to State Country of Origin of Listed Products

Lawstreet Journal 1 Jul 2020 10:44pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Delhi High Court Issues Notice in response to Plea Asking E-commerce Websites to State Country of Origin of Listed Products

On 1st July 2020, the High Court of Delhi asked the Centre to reply to a petition pursuing instructions to be published for e-commerce websites like Amazon, Flipkart, etc. to show the ‘country of origin’ of all the goods sold on the website so that everyone can abide by the government’s request to buy goods that are solely made in India.

This plea has been brought forward at a time during which India is seeking to avoid imports that originate from China. This is due to the increasing tensions at the border between India and China.

A Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Hari Shankar published notices to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry as well as to some of the major e-commerce platforms which included Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Ajio, Nykaa, and Decathlon.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had also recently banned 59 Chinese mobile applications including the major social media platform TikTok, over several concerns of privacy and security of data. This included allegations of China hacking and taking information through these apps.

The petition, which was filed by Ajay Shukla, sought for the center to instruct e-commerce platforms to abide by the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodity) Rules, that were amended recently in 2017, which make it necessary for e-commerce platforms to show the “name of the country of origin or manufacture or assembly”.

“In 2017 there was an amendment made to the Legal Metrology Act, and that amendment mandated that every e-commerce company publish the country of origin, this has not been complied with for the last three years.”, Ajay… Continue Reading...


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