Google vs CCI: No relief for US tech giant
The Supreme Court on Monday asked Google India, facing a hefty Rs.1,337 crore penalty if it will follow the same regime in India as it does in Europe with regard to pre-installed apps in Android-based mobile smartphones. The top court was hearing a plea of the US tech giant against an order of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) refusing an interim stay on the competition regulator imposing an Rs.1,337 crore penalty on it.
A bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices P S Narasimha and J B Pardiwala asked senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for the US firm, to clarify this aspect at the next hearing. “Will Google practice the same regime in India as you have it in Europe? Please reflect on this and come back. We will hear this case on Wednesday,” the bench said.
The observation came after Additional Solicitor General (ASG) N Venkataraman, appearing for the Competition Commission of India (CCI), submitted that Google had complied with a similar order passed by the European Commission. The CCI had recently fined a big fine of Rs.936 crores on Google for unfair trade practices.
The ASG alleged the company was discriminating against Indian consumers. Singhvi submitted the compliance in Europe pertained to Google’s standard ‘Mobile Application Distribution Agreement‘ (MADA) unbundling. The NCLAT had on January 4 refused an interim stay on an order of the competition regulator and had asked Google to deposit 10 percent of the penalty amount.
The NCLAT admitted the search giant’s challenge to the CCI slapping an Rs.1,337.76 crore fine for abusing the dominant position of its Android smartphone operating system in the country. Singhvi had earlier mentioned the matter seeking an urgent hearing. The senior lawyer said extraordinary directions have been passed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and the order has to be complied with by January 19.
The CCI had in October last year asked Google to allow smartphone users on the Android platform to uninstall apps and let them select a search engine of their choice. That order was to become effective from January 19.
 Google says reviewing CCI’s decision to evaluate next steps; says committed to its users, developers – Oct 26, 2022, PGurus.com
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A.M. Singhvi is a devil in disguise. Laws are to fight for truth, but these fellows (Sanjay hedge, Dushyant Dave, Indira Jaising, Kapil Sibal….etc.) will have dastardly life (in next birth) for siding those on wrong side of society / law
Wish entire Indian population curse them for a untold number of rebirth to suffer in penury