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India launches probe against Wal-Mart: Law enforcement source

Published on Nov 16, 2012 1:53 PM

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - India is investigating Wal-Mart Stores over allegations it violated the country's foreign exchange rules, a senior law enforcement official with knowledge of the matter, told Reuters on Friday.

An Indian lawmaker has accused Wal-Mart of "clandestinely and illegally" investing US$100 million (S$122 million) in the multi-brand retail business of its wholesale joint venture partner, Bharti Enterprises, as early as 2010, before India allowed foreign companies to operate front-end stores.

"Yes, the Enforcement Directorate has initiated an investigation into the allegations against Wal-Mart," said the official, who declined to be named.

Wal-Mart has denied the allegations since they first surfaced last month and said it is in compliance with Indian laws.

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