The Supreme Court on Monday said it will hear a plea from US tech giant Google on January 18 against an order from the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) denying an interim suspension of the competition regulator and imposing a Rs 1,337 crore fine. imposed. The NCLAT had denied an interim stay on Jan. 4 by order of the competition authority and had asked Google to pay 10 percent of the amount.
The NCLAT admitted that the search giant had challenged the CCI to fine Rs 1,337.76 crore for abusing the dominant position of the Android smartphone operating system in the country.
A bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala asked senior advocate AM Singhvi, appearing before the US company, to clarify on Wednesday whether Google India is applying the same regime in India as in Europe.
“Please think about this and come back. We will deal with this matter on Wednesday,” the bank said.
Mr. Singhvi had earlier reported the matter and requested an urgent hearing.
The senior lawyer said extraordinary directions have been given by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and the order must be executed by January 19.
The CCI had asked Google last October to allow smartphone users on the Android platform to uninstall apps and select a search engine of their choice.
That order would take effect on January 19.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai had recently met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
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