Competition Commission to probe Zomato, Swiggy over neutrality

Competition Commission to probe Zomato, Swiggy over neutrality
The app of Indian food delivery company Zomato is seen on a mobile phone above its logo displayed in this illustration picture taken July 14, 2021. Photo: Reuters/Florence Lo/Illustration

New Delhi: India's antitrust watchdog has ordered an investigation of food delivery companies Zomato Ltd and Swiggy over the companies' apps being "neutral" platforms, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) said on Monday.

The order comes months after the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) asked the CCI to investigate the companies for breaching platform neutrality by providing priority to exclusive contractors.

"A conflict of interest situation has arisen in the present case, both with regard to Swiggy as well as Zomato ... which may come in the way of them acting as neutral platforms," the CCI said in an order.

The NRAI, which represents more than 500,000 restaurants across India, also alleged Zomato and Swiggy were misusing consumer data, charged exorbitant commissions and provided massive discounting.

"The Commission observes that it has already found merit in investigating the issue pertaining to platform neutrality," the CCI said, but added that it did not see merits in allegations of delayed payments, "one-sided clauses" and "exorbitant commission etc" being linked to competition.

Swiggy and Zomato did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

The comments posted here/below/in the given space are not on behalf of Onmanorama. The person posting the comment will be in sole ownership of its responsibility. According to the central government's IT rules, obscene or offensive statement made against a person, religion, community or nation is a punishable offense, and legal action would be taken against people who indulge in such activities.