The antitrust authority ordered an investigation in 2019, saying Google had tried to reduce the ability of device makers to choose alternative versions of its mobile operating system and to force them to pre-install Google apps. took advantage of dominance.
New Delhi. Google has accused the CCI of leaking confidential information during an investigation in a court in India. After hearing the arguments of both the sides, the court has decided to hear again on Monday.
According to media reports, an investigation by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) found that Google misused its Android operating system in India to harm its competitors and benefit its business. has done.
On Thursday, Google filed a lawsuit against it in the Delhi High Court against the CCI. Google said in a statement that the move was to protest against breach of trust and to prevent any unlawful disclosure of confidential findings.
Both sides argued in court
In a court hearing that lasted for nearly an hour on Friday, Google’s lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi accused the CCI of repeatedly leaking information, saying it defames a reputed company first, then by leaking it. That case was put on hold.
CCI seeks proof of allegations from Google
CCI’s counsel, Additional Solicitor General of India N. N.Venkatraman denied the allegations and said that the U.S. The tech giant was trying to sabotage the investigation process and challenge a government authority without evidence.
Seeking to quash Google’s filing, Venkataraman said, “The allegation is made against a government body. Not a word has been shown in this entire affidavit as to how we have done this and where is the evidence.” “How are we responsible for what has been said in this court?”
Hearing will be held again on Monday
Justice Rekha Palli in an order noted the arguments of both the sides and scheduled another hearing on Monday.
Antitrust Authority ordered an inquiry in 2019
The antitrust authority ordered an investigation in 2019, saying that Google had tried to reduce the ability of device makers to choose alternative versions of its mobile operating system and to force them to pre-install Google apps. took advantage of dominance.
According to the 750-page report, the investigation found that the mandatory pre-installation of apps amounted to imposing an unfair position on device makers, a violation of India’s competition law, which is not public. The report also found that the company leveraged its Play Store App Store position to defend its dominance.