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Cabinet doesn't take up Mudgal probe report on Walmart

Last Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 21:59

New Delhi: The Cabinet did not take up today the report of Justice Mukul Mudgal panel that looked into alleged lobbying activities by US retail giant Walmart for entering the Indian market.

The one-man panel, headed by former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Mukul Mudgal, that probed Walmart's lobbying activities to enter the Indian market, had submitted its report to the Corporate Affairs Ministry in May.

A senior government official said the Mudgal panel report was not taken up by the Cabinet today.

Sources had said that an inquiry conducted by the panel remained inconclusive and it was not satisfied with the replies provided by the US-based retail giant on various issues, including on the exact amount spent on its India-specific lobbying activities.

Walmart, on its part, has maintained that it has disclosed all its lobbying activities as per the US rules and it did not violate any Indian regulations in this regard.

The Mudgal panel was set up in January after the government announced in Parliament that it would get investigated the issue of Walmart having lobbied hard before the US lawmakers for access to lucrative Indian retail market.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 21:59
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