ecommerce is the most widely used term for online shopping.
The Supreme Bench on Wednesday said it may give a “strong, clear and definitive” direction on the matter in the case, which has drawn a sharp response from business groups and consumer groups.
The court, however, did not decide on the case.
The apex court had asked the Centre to give a direction on whether the government can take action against online retailers who fail to adhere to the provisions of the law and ensure that their products are safe and compliant with the law.
A case has been filed against several online retailers, including Flipkart and Snapdeal, for failing to comply with the rules.
In its interim order, the bench said the matter may be considered on an ad hoc basis, to be followed by a larger hearing and then taken up by a higher court.
“The matter has been heard on an interim basis and it may be taken up again by the Supreme Court for further hearing,” it said.
The bench also said that if the Centre takes up the matter on an apportionment basis, the matter will be heard by the same court.
The Centre has argued that the issue is not a matter of commerce but of digital rights.
The issue was raised in the 2016 Goods and Services Tax (GST) case.
In it, the Supreme Bench, in a two-judge bench, had rejected the argument of the government that the right to privacy in a digital marketplace was a matter between the customer and the seller.
It said the court cannot say what digital right a person has in order to avail of a product or service.
The Centre also argued that an ecommerce business is a public undertaking where it is held accountable by the public for its actions.
The Bench also asked the government to furnish a clear explanation on what rights are violated when it is asked to issue directions on the issue of digital content.