Amazon.com Inc has launched an internal investigation in India after a whistleblower alleged an employee had taken kickbacks.
Amazon said it had "zero tolerance for corruption" following an Indian media report that the e-commerce giant was investigating bribery allegations involving its lawyers.
The tech-focused news website The Morning Context reported citing three sources that the US company had launched a probe after an alleged whistleblower complaint that one or more of its Indian representatives used legal fees to pay bribes.
A senior employee was placed on leave over the alleged investigation, the news website said.
Amazon said in a statement that it has "zero tolerance" for corruption.
"We take allegations of improper actions seriously, investigate them fully, and take appropriate action. We are not commenting on specific allegations or the status of any investigation at this time," a spokesman said.
Amazon has begun an investigation into allegations of corruption by its legal representatives in India and has placed a senior member of the team on leave.— Harmeet Singh Arora (@hsa1) September 20, 2021
The company later issued a statement, saying it does not tolerate corruption.
Amazon has been investigating the matter for about two months after a complaint was received about the dealings Amazon India legal team employee, Rahul Sundaram, had with outside counsel working for the firm.
Sundaram, in response to Reuters request for comment, referred questions to Amazon.
He has been sent on leave by Amazon pending the investigation, the source said.
Important. Amazon whistleblower alleges that monies paid by Amazon in legal fees in India have been funnelled into bribes by one or more of its legal representatives. This is in violation of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.— Ashish K. Mishra (@akm1410) September 20, 2021
Investigation underway. My story. https://t.co/VQYkkEzFEJ