The Supreme Court will hear in January 2024 Google’s appeal against the ₹1,337 crore CCI fine for abuse of dominance in the Android market.

Google and Supreme Court

Google and Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of India will begin hearing in January 2024 on an appeal challenging the fine of ₹1337.76 crore imposed on Google for abusing its dominant position in multiple markets related to Android mobile devices.

The appeal was filed after the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) order upheld the Competition Commission of India (CCI) decision on the issue.

A bench of the Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and judge JB Pardiwala And Manoj Mishra Today assured that they will hear the case in the last week of January 2024.

“I will ensure that no other case is listed, so that the matter gets over in a few days.” CJI Chandrachud said.

NCLAT had in January directed Google to deposit 10 per cent of the ₹1337.76 crore fine imposed on it by the CCI before hearing the tech giant’s plea for relief against the CCI order. In March, NCLAT upheld CCI’s fine on Google. However, in a major relief for the tech giant, NCLAT quashed four key directions issued by the CCI.

CCI had imposed the fine in October last year. Apart from the fine, the CCI had also directed Google to cease and desist from engaging in anti-competitive practices and modify its conduct within a stipulated timeline.

“The Commission has imposed monetary penalty as well as issued a cease and desist order against Google from indulging in anti-competitive practices, which has been found to be in violation of the provisions of Section 4 of the Act.” A press release issued by CCI said.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had refused to grant interim relief to Google while the case was still pending before the NCLAT.

“We oppose entering into the merits, as the matter is pending in appeal by the NCLAT. The findings arrived at by the CCI cannot be construed without jurisdiction or manifest error at the negotiation stage. However, we are of the opinion of the NCLAT Without interfering with the order, we request the Tribunal to dispose of the appeal by March 31, 2023.” The top court said.

Subsequently, the NCLAT upheld the CCI penalty, following which Google challenged it in its appeal in the Supreme Court.

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