Google did not get relief from Supreme Court on penalty of Rs 1,338 crore

American tech company Google did not get relief from the Supreme Court on Monday on a penalty of about Rs 1,338 crore imposed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) on the company for using anti-competition methods regarding Android. Google appealed against this penalty in the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT). NCLAT refused to grant an interim stay on this order against the company. After this, Google challenged the NCLAT order in the Supreme Court.

Country’s Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala’s bench Google has asked Senior Advocate AM Singhvi, appearing for the Supreme Court, to clarify by Wednesday whether the standards applicable in Europe can be implemented in India as well or not. The next hearing of the matter will be held on Wednesday. Singhvi had earlier demanded an early hearing in the matter. He said that the CCI has given extraordinary directions and the CCI order has to be followed by January 19.

Google CCI Due to the order, the growth of Android ecosystem in the country has been warned to stop. In this order, the company was asked to change the way Android is marketed. In the petition filed in the Supreme Court, Google has told that it will have to change its existing contracts, bring new license agreements and change its existing system with more than 1,100 device manufacturers and app developers. The company says that Android mobile platforms have been around for 15 years and it will be difficult for the company to make major changes in it.

In October last year, the CCI had imposed a fine of about $161 million on Alphabet Inc, the American company that runs Google, for misusing its dominant position in the Android market. About 97 percent of smartphones in India run on Android, and this is a huge market for Google. NCLAT has directed Google to pay 10 percent of the penalty.

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