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Shut down Flipkart, demands CAIT; says e-tailer caused massive GST, Income tax revenue loss to govt

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Industry body CAIT has demanded shutting down of homegrown e-commerce platform Flipkart, alleging that the company has caused massive losses to government revenue. Citing the company’s balance sheet, CAIT said that it has levelled charges against the Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal-founded company for "causing huge GST & Income Tax revenue loss to the government, gross manipulations for controlling inventory, bypassing the FDI policy and indulging into sinister game of valuation of the Company instead of conducting business in an open and transparent manner". Further, the industry body has said the government must order for the closure of Flipkart's e-commerce business and set up committees to study Flipkart and its parent company's balance sheet and income and expenditure account. 

"These companies are incurring losses of thousands crores of rupees every year but still they are able to continue their businesses without any problem which is much against the basic fundamentals of economics," CAIT said. CAIT has also raised objection that Flipkart is not working as a marketplace. Under FDI rules, the government allows for only inventory-based models for e-commerce platforms where they list products from sellers and do not engage in selling and buying themselves. CAIT also said that the company is incurring huge losses by providing products on discounts. 

Meanwhile, CAIT had launched a nation-wide against e-commerce majors including Amazon and Flipkart, early this week. CAIT accused them of flouting FDI policy norms and destroying the country's retail business. "Both Amazon and Flipkart still continue to sell goods on their portal at predatory pricing, deep discounting, controlling inventory, promoting preferential sellers and influencing prices," CAIT said. It also sought the intervention of Union Minister Piyush Goyal for the same. Last month, Piyush Goyal had said that the government was looking into allegations made against Walmart-owned Flipkart and Jeff Bezos' Amazon.