Police in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh said on Saturday they indicted senior Amazon India executives in a case alleging that the e-commerce market was used to smuggle marijuana into the South Asian market.
Police did not disclose the number of senior executives they had charged, but said the executive directors of Amazon India were being named as charged under the national narcotics law after facts were discovered in connection of the investigation.
Madhya Pradesh police arrested two men with 20kg of marijuana last week and said the men were using Amazon India’s website to smuggle the substance.
Amazon said last week it was cooperating with the authority in the investigation. The Indian state’s interior minister said this week that Amazon was not cooperating with the investigation.
India is a key foreign market for Amazon. The American e-commerce giant has invested more than $ 6.5 billion in its operations in India. The company is currently the subject of an antitrust investigation in the country and is also in the midst of a hotly contested multibillion dollar deal involving Future Retail and Reliance Retail, two of India’s largest retail chains. .