NEW DELHI, July 13 (Reuters) – An investigation by India’s Directorate General of Information Technology has found that China’s smartphone maker Oppo has violated copyright laws. down to 43.9 billion rupees ($551 million), the government said on Wednesday.
Indian investigators found evidence that Oppo had illegally used exemptions for devices used in mobile phones, the statement said.
They also alleged that Oppo paid expenses that were not added to the transaction costs of imported products, according to Indian law, he added.
A notice “has been issued to Oppo India requesting (the) customs duty”, the government said.
A spokesperson for Oppo, which is owned by China’s BBK Electronics, said the company is reviewing the reports and will respond.
“We have a different view on the lawsuit,” an Oppo spokesperson said in a statement. “We believe it’s a business-wide problem many companies operate.”
The spokesperson said: “We will respond to the reports, present our side, and will continue to work with government agencies.”
The Revenue Intelligence wing has also imposed fines on Oppo India, its employees and Oppo China, the government said, without elaborating.
Many Chinese companies are struggling to do business in India after political tensions escalated following border clashes in 2020. India has expressed security concerns in the region. banned more than 300 Chinese apps since, and tightened the rules of Chinese investment.
The order against Oppo comes from a growing investigation into the Chinese smartphone maker.
The federal financial crime agency, the Inspector General, last week raided 48 locations of Vivo and its affiliates, alleging that the sale of Vivo Is India has been exported in India to show losses and not pay taxes. read more
India’s leading smartphone maker Xiaomi ( 1810.HK ) has also come under investigation, with the agency alleging that it illegally shipped overseas “in the conduct of the king” characteristic” payment. read more
Both companies deny wrongdoing.
Posted by Munsif Vengattil and Aditya Kalra in New Delhi; Edited by Louise Heavens, Jan Harvey and Jane Merriman
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