Centre set to appoint committee to investigate Walmart lobbying

More than a month after its assurance in Parliament, the Centre is set to appoint a commission to probe reports of lobbying by retail giant Walmart to gain entry into India.

The cabinet is expected to approve the panel Thursday. The issue had rocked the Parliament's winter session and forced a vote that the opposition tried to project as a referendum on whether the country needed FDI in retail or not.

The terms of reference of the panel, to be headed by a retired high court judge, according to a cabinet note, are: "Inquiry into recent reports on disclosures of walmart before US senate regarding lobbying activities" and "whether Walmart undertook any activities in India in contravention of any Indian law". The panel will have to submit its report within three months.

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