Future Group CEO Kishore Biyani Likens Amazon’s Bid to Stall Retail Deal to ‘Ruthless’ Alexander the Great

Amazon’s bid to stall Future Group’s $3.4 billion (roughly Rs. 24,788 crores) retail property sale is analogous to Alexander the Great’s “ruthless ambition to scorch the earth”, the Indian group’s CEO Kishore Biyani mentioned in an inside employees memo seen by Reuters.

Amazon, locked in protracted authorized disputes with Future, alleges the Indian agency violated contracts by agreeing to sell its retail assets to Reliance Industries final yr. Future denies wrongdoing.

The two sides this week traded barbs in a New Delhi court docket, the newest authorized case the place Amazon is looking for to block the sale. India’s second-largest retailer says the deal is essential for the survival of its 1,700 shops and 1000’s of workers.

Dubbing it a company battle “for supremacy over Indian customers”, Biyani’s employees e-mail late on Friday mentioned Amazon was “playing the dog in the manger”.

Taking an extra dig at Amazon, he mentioned the “vexatious litigation and harassment makes one wonder about the similarity in ruthless ambition to scorch the earth akin to the Greek Alexander – after all, they are inspired to name their product as Alexa”.

“History tells us that Alexander conquered large parts of the world but failed in India.”

The Macedonian chief’s army marketing campaign drastically expanded the Greek-speaking empire all through the Middle East and elements of Asia, ushering in the Hellenistic age earlier than he died in present-day Iraq in 323 B.C.

Amazon declined to touch upon the memo by Biyani, typically referred to as India’s retail king for reworking the nation’s retailing in current a long time.

In the newest court docket case, Amazon has additionally requested the choose to detain Biyani in a civil jail, arguing his agency “deliberately” disobeyed a Singapore arbitrator’s October order that put the deal on maintain.

Future maintains that arbitration order shouldn’t be binding.

Its lawyer on Friday mentioned Amazon was attempting to block the deal as a result of it’s going to make it troublesome for the U.S. agency to compete with Reliance, led by one in every of Asia’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, who’s quick increasing into e-commerce.

“Amazon is only interested that Reliance should not improve in India,” mentioned Future’s counsel Harish Salve. The subsequent court docket listening to is on Monday.

Indian inventory exchanges this month cleared Future’s take care of Reliance, regardless of Amazon’s repeated requests to regulators to block the deal.

“We are on firm legal footing and this is vindicated by the approvals,” Biyani mentioned in his memo.

© Thomson Reuters 2021

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