New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Saturday ordered e-commerce firm Flipkart to deposit Rs 1 lakh in the court’s registry within one week for selling substandard pressure cookers on its platform.
A penalty of Rs 1,00,000 was imposed on Flipkart last month for the same reason by the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA). According to the CCPA, consumers of all 598 pressure cookers sold on its platform should be notified, the pressure cookers should be recalled, and the consumers should be reimbursed for the money they spent for the pressure cookers.
Previously, the CCPA reported that the Delhi High Court had ordered Flipkart Internet Pvt Ltd, the owner and operator of popular e-commerce website Flipkart.com, to inform consumers that all 598 pressure cookers sold through its platform do not comply with BIS standards.
The Delhi High Court also directed the company to deposit the penalty amount of Rs 1 lakh before the Registrar General of the Court within one week.
The Delhi High Court had also previously ordered Amazon Seller Services Pvt Ltd, the company that operates amazon.in, to notify consumers of 2,265 pressure cookers sold on its platform of the order passed by the CCPA regarding non-conformity of BIS standards in the pressure cookers on September 20.
A product or service that does not comply with the standard set by or under any law in force for the time being is liable to be deemed defective by the Consumer Protection Act, 2019.
Domestic Pressure Cooker (Quality Control) Order, 2020, which came into force on February 1, 2021, requires all pressure cookers to conform to standard – IS 2347:2017 and display the domestic pressure cooker standard mark.
Consumers are being warned that goods without an ISI Mark and that violate BIS standards can be bought without warning from the CCPA under Section 18(2)(j) of the Act.