Amazon Writes to Goyal, Says Paid Only Rs.52 crores in Legal Fees in FY20

Amazon India has written to commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal clarifying it had paid legal fees of only Rs.52 crores during the year ended March 2020 and that it has no connection with a company registered ‘Amazon India Limited’.

“Several if the articles incorrectly suggest that an entity called ‘Amazon India Limited’ is an Amazon subsidiary and have attributed its legal expense to Amazon,” the company said in the letter, denying news reports that the US ecommerce giant’s India operations spent a combined Rs. 8,456 crores in ‘legal fees’ during 2019 and 2020.

Amazon, however, confirmed reports that it has initiated an investigation into its legal representatives in India after a whistle-blower accused them of bribing government officials, and insisted it has zero tolerance for corruption.

“Last week, some media outlets began reporting that Amazon’s India operations spent a combined Rs. 8,456 crores in ‘legal fees’ during 2019 and 2020. Making these claims, the article cited ‘public filing’ made by Amazon India Limited,” the company said its letter to Goyal dated September 28.

“The actual legal expenses for the for the fiscal year ending March 2020 were approximately Rs. 52 crores,” it said.S-ET

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