On January 4, the NCLAT had rejected an interim stay of an order by the competition regulator imposing an Rs1,337 crore penalty against Google. It also requested that it deposit 10% of this amount. File

Wednesday’s Supreme Court hearing was for Google in connection to a Rs1337_ crore penalty it received from the Competition Commission of India. This was in response to alleged anti-competitive behavior in relation to Android smartphones.

Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud announced that the case would go on record on January 16, after A.M. Singhvi, senior advocate for Google, urged for an urgent hearing during oral mentioning hours.

Mr. Singhvi claimed that the CCI’s “extraordinary instructions” must be followed by January 19.

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The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal had refused to provide interim relief to the U.S.-based tech company. Instead, the tribunal posted the case in April. This rendered Google’s appeal practically ineligible, Mr. Singhvi stated.

CCI issues demand notices to Google for non-payment penalties

He stated that “there is no finding of abuse or dominance.” He stated that no evidence was available to support the conclusions of competition watchdog. The appellate tribunal directed Google in four weeks to deposit 10% towards its registry.

CCI had placed a penalty of Rs936.44 Crore on Google for abusing its dominant position regarding its Play Store policies.

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