BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh police on Tuesday filed a criminal case against sellers on e-commerce giant Amazon’s shopping platform for selling flag-themed shoes, t-shirts and other fashion accessories Indian on the site, said a senior police officer.
Bhopal Police Commissioner Makrand Deouskar said the case was filed under Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honor Act 1971 and Section 505(2) (creation or promotion of enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) of the CPI after Home Minister Narottam Mishra’s orders.
Deouskar said the case has been registered by the criminal branch which will carry out the investigation.
During a press briefing earlier today, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra said, “I learned that the online platform uses the national flag for the sale of its products. It’s unbearable that it’s even been used on shoes. I have instructed the Director General of Police (DGP) to take action by filing an FIR against the owners of Amazon.
“On the face of it, this case appears to be a violation of the flag code, which is painful. Insult to the nation will not be tolerated at any cost,” he added.
A police officer said the case was filed on a complaint filed by a 26-year-old private business executive, Shubham Naidu, and clarified that the case names the seller as the main defendant.
Exact details of the articles considered offensive have not been shared by police.
An Amazon spokesperson said: “Amazon.in is an online marketplace where third party sellers offer products for sale directly to customers and as such are responsible for ensuring that their products are Compliant with all applicable laws and regulations. Amazon remains committed to taking appropriate action against sellers who list non-compliant products, including removal of non-compliant listings and potential deletion of their account.
This is the third time Narottam Mishra has ordered the police to register an FIR against the e-commerce platform in recent months.
In November last year, an FIR was filed against Amazon after a seller was accused of selling marijuana on the Bhind district website. A few days later, a second FIR was recorded after a youth committed suicide by consuming a poison he had ordered from the site.
The Home Secretary also said the state would propose legislation to control the sale of goods on online shopping sites.