Future Group Says Will Defend Matter After Amazon Moves Supreme Court Over Reliance Deal
A shopping bag bearing a logo for Fashion @ Big Bazaar (FBB), the fashion unit of Big Bazaar operated by Future Retail Ltd., sits on a counter at a Big Bazaar hypermarket in Mumbai, India. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Future Group Says Will Defend Matter After Amazon Moves Supreme Court Over Reliance Deal

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Future Retail Ltd. on Monday said Amazon has approached the Supreme Court against a Delhi High Court order that vacated the status quo on Future Group’s proposed Rs 24,713 crore-deal with Reliance Industries Ltd.

In a filing to stock exchanges, Future Retail also said that it “shall defend the matter/proceedings through its legal counsels”.

Amazon and Future are locked in a bitter legal tussle after the U.S. e-commerce giant dragged Future Group to arbitration at Singapore International Arbitration Centre, arguing that the latter had violated their contract by entering into the deal with rival Reliance.

“... the company's advocates are in receipt of communication dated Feb. 13, 2021 from advocates of Amazon.com NV Investment Holdings LLC (Amazon) informing that Amazon has filed a Special Leave Petition before the Supreme Court of India against the captioned order dated Feb. 8, 2021 passed by the Division Bench of the High Court of Delhi,” it said in the filing.

Amazon had moved the Supreme Court in a bid to block Future Group’s deal with Reliance after the Delhi High Court stayed a previous order of status quo on the deal. The court had also said that statutory authorities cannot be restrained from acting in accordance with law.

The scheme of arrangement related to the Future-Reliance deal has already received approval from the Competition Commission of India and no objection from Securities and Exchange Board of India as well as bourses. The National Company Law Tribunal, Mumbai was approached for approval of the deal on Jan. 26, 2021.

Last month, Amazon had approached the Delhi High Court seeking enforcement of the interim order of the Emergency Arbitrator at the SIAC that had restrained FRL from going ahead with the deal with Reliance.

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The court had directed Future Retail and other parties to maintain status quo on the deal and the same was stayed later. Amazon had invested in Future Coupons in August 2019, with an option of buying into the flagship after a period of 3 to 10 years.

In August last year, Future Group had entered into a Rs 24,713-crore deal with billionaire Mukesh Ambani's RIL to sell its retail, wholesale, logistics and warehousing units.

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