The Delhi Supreme Court on Friday suspended an order from the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) asking online marketplace Flipkart to recall certain pressure cookers sold that reportedly failed to meet quality standards.
While ensuring that Flipkart’s petition against the CCPA order would be coupled with a similar plea by e-commerce giant Amazon, Judge Yashwant Varma asked Flipkart to deposit the Rs 1 lakh fine imposed by CCPA and also the buyers on the of all pressure hobs in question.
The court asked CCPA’s response to Flipkart’s plea, saying that the preliminary injunction taken in Amazon’s case will also be extended in the present case.
“The petitioner is entitled to the injunction (as previously granted to Amazon) on identical terms,” the court said.
On September 20, the court suspended a CCPA injunction against Amazon for allegedly selling domestic pressure cookers that failed to meet quality standards.
It had asked Amazon to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh within a week and notify the buyers of all these 2,265 pressure cookers that these items do not meet the required quality standards.
Until the next listing date, while the petitioner is liable to notify the CCPA’s order to consumers of the 2265 pressure cookers sold on its platform, further steps regarding the recall of those items and refund will be suspended until the next date,” the court had said as it summed up the case for the next hearing in November.
Last month, CCPA fined Flipkart of Rs 1 lakh for allowing the sale of allegedly substandard household pressure cookers on its platform and violating consumer rights.
Flipkart was ordered to notify consumers of all 598 pressure cookers sold on its platform, recall the pressure cookers and refund money to consumers, a CCPA official had said.
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