Amazon wins interim relief; Future-Reliance deal put on hold


Amazon.com Inc on Sunday won an interim award against its partner Future Group selling its retail business to Reliance Industries Ltd for Rs 24,713 Cr after a Singapore-based single-judge arbitration panel put the deal on hold.


Amazon, which had agreed to purchase 49% of one of Future's unlisted firms last year with the right to buy into flagship Future Retail Ltd after a period of three years to 10 years, had dragged Future to arbitration after the indebted Kishore Biyani group firm signed pact to sell retail, wholesale, logistics, and warehousing units to billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance.


Passing an interim award in favour of Amazon, VK Rajah asked the Future group to put the deal on hold and said the deal cannot go through until it finally decides the matter, sources with direct knowledge of the development said.


Confirming the development, an Amazon spokesperson said the arbitration panel has granted the relief sought by it and expect an expeditious conclusion of the arbitration process. "We welcome the award of the emergency arbitrator. We are grateful for the order which grants all the reliefs that were sought. We remain committed to an expeditious conclusion of the arbitration process," the Amazon spokesperson said.

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