Supreme Court asks Delhi HC bench to hear Amazon plea

Industry:    2 months ago

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Delhi High Court judge who is hearing a bunch of petitions and counterpetitions filed by Amazon and the Future Group against each other, to also hear the US ecommerce firm’s latest plea to stop Future Retail Ltd (FRL) from alienating its stores to Reliance Industries.

“The important thing is that this interim application has to be considered,” a Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice NV Ramana said.

Harish Salve, the senior lawyer representing FRL, requested the court not to pass an order, and said he would provide “support” in taking up the case on a priority basis in the high court. He said the attorneys for the Future Group and Amazon would jointly make a request to Justice C Hari Shankar to first hear Amazon’s plea on Reliance taking over hundreds of properties where the Future Group operated its outlets.

SC Asks HC Bench to Hear Amazon Plea

Justice Hari Shankar of the high court is scheduled to hear the matter on Tuesday. The apex court asked both Amazon and FRL to update it Wednesday on the outcome.

Justice Hari Shankar is also hearing the Amazon-Future Group cases on a fast-track basis after the Supreme Court in February asked the Delhi High Court to hear the petitions again and on merit. Amazon had sought to enforce a Singapore-based arbitral tribunal’s order staying the sale of Future Group’s retail assets to Reliance Retail.

Meanwhile, Amazon has accused Reliance of being in “collusion” with FRL to transfer 835 FRL stores to Reliance.