Wal-Mart’s entry into India continues to be dogged by controversies as the retailer’s disclosure of lobbying expenses kicked up a corruption row in the country.
The company filed a lobbying expenditure report before the US Senate, as mandated by low, revealing $25m spent towards increasing investment opportunities worldwide, India included.
According to the report, Wal-Mart $1.65m in the July-September 2012 quarter alone towards issues related to FDI.
Wal-Mart lobbied with the US Senate, the US House of Representatives, the US Trade Representative (USTR) and the US Department of State, said the disclosure report.
Opposition parties in India, primarily led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), accused the company illegitimate means to secure licenses for business operations in India.
"Government should tell who was given this bribe.
"This raises a question mark on the implementation of FDI in retail," demanded the BJP.
The retailer currently operates a cash and carry chain in India, Bharati Walmart, and is expected to unveil a retail store in the near future, following relaxed foreign investment rules.
A Bharti Walmart spokesperson denied any wrong doing on part of the company and refuted any allegations of corruption and illegitimacy.
"The expenditures are a compilation of expenses associated with staff, association dues, consultants, and contributions spent in the United States.
"Our Washington office naturally had discussions with US government officials about a range of trade and investment issues that impact our businesses in the US and worldwide and disclosed this in accordance with the law," said the spokesperson.