SC to hear Google’s challenge to CCI’s Android order Jan. 16

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear Google’s petition challenging a fine of Rs 1,337 million imposed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for alleged anti-competitive practices on Android mobile devices.

Chief Judge DY Chandrachud said the case will be listed on Jan. 16 after Google’s senior attorney AM Singhvi requested an accelerated trial during oral mention hours.

Mr Singhvi said the CCI’s “special instructions” being challenged must be complied with by 19 January.

He not only refused to allow the National Court of Appeals for Corporate Law (NCLAT) to provide interim relief to U.S. companies, but instead filed a lawsuit in April, effectively rendering Google’s appeal ineffective. I pointed out that

“There is no abuse of control,” Simbi said, adding that there was no evidence to support the competition watchdog’s findings. An appeals court has directed Google to deposit his 10% of the fine before registering within the next four weeks.

Separately, on October 25, CCI fined Google Rs 936.44 crore for abusing its dominant position regarding Play Store policies. NCLAT on Wednesday refused to provide interim relief to the tech giant, instructing it to deposit his 10% of the fine.

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