Supreme Court advocate says draft ecommerce rules require massive course correction


The draft ecommerce regulations released by the authorities on June 21, states the ban of fraudulent flash sale and mis-selling of products and services on ecommerce platforms.

The government has to hold wider consultation before framing ecommerce rules as within the present format, it’s trespassing in the domain of assorted different legal frameworks and establishments, a senior expert aforementioned on Friday.

The draft ecommerce rules released by the govt on June 21, projected to ban the dishonest flash sale and mis-selling of products and services on ecommerce platforms.

It additionally mandates that the appointment of a chief compliance officer/grievance redressal officer, among other key amendments proposed to the consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020.

Gopal Jain, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, told reporters,

“The proposed amendments go beyond the ambit and scope of the Consumer Protection Act and indirectly regulate ecommerce entities by imposing additional obligations. If implemented, this can have an obstructive impact on the economic development of the country with respect to job opportunities, scope for the growth of MSMEs, global investments, and consumer experience.”

He said that the proposed standards are a roundabout endeavor to control the online space by clubbing various issues identifying with the demonstration which intends to evaluate and research the unfavorable effect on purchasers.

“There is a need for wider consultation before the government frames ecommerce rules,” Jain said.He further said that the draft rules are contrary to principles of proportionality, which requires a balanced and graded approach.


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