Amazon has launched an investigation into the conduct of its legal representatives in India following a complaint by a whistleblower who alleged that one or more of the company’s representatives had bribed government officials, an Indian news outlet, and analysis The Morning Context. reported on Monday.
The company is investigating whether the legal fees it funded were used to bribe government officials, according to the report, which cited unidentified sources and did not identify the government officials. Amazon has placed Rahul Sundaram, a senior corporate, licensing advisor, the report (paywall) added.
In a statement to TechCrunch, an Amazon spokesperson said the company has “zero tolerance” for corruption.
“We take reports of wrongdoing seriously, investigate them thoroughly and take appropriate action. We are not commenting on specific allegations or the status of any investigation at this time, “the spokesperson added.
India is one of the key foreign markets for Amazon. The American e-commerce firm has invested more than $ 6.5 billion in its South Asian nation’s operations and aggressively expanded into multiple categories in recent years.
The new development comes months after Reuters reported that Amazon had secretly favored big sellers, misrepresented its ties to those companies and used such deals to circumvent the South Asian nation’s foreign investment rules.
Amazon is also the subject of an ongoing antitrust investigation in India. The company made an unsuccessful attempt to appeal the investigation.