Google CCI Penalty: The Supreme Court Will Hear Google’s Appeal Against The NCLAT Verdict, Which Fined Rs. 1,337 Crore Will Refuse To Stay The Fine
January 12, 2023: NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear US tech giant Google’s appeal against the recent National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) verdict in which it had imposed a Rs. 1,337.76 crore refused to withhold the penalty. CCI).
The hearing will take place on Monday, January 16.
On Wednesday, the NCLAT imposed a fine of Rs. It also heard an appeal by Google against another CCI order imposing a penalty of Rs 936 crore.
While Google’s appeal has been accepted, the NCLAT has listed the matter for hearing on April 17, asking the search engine giant to pay 10 percent of the penalty as an interim measure.
The fine amount has to be deposited with the registrar within four weeks.
Earlier this month, the NCLAT agreed to hear Google’s appeal against the Indian watchdog’s order, but refused any interim relief.
The NCLAT issued a notice to the CCI and directed Google to deposit 10 percent of the penalty amount to the CCI.
CCI fines on Google
India’s competition watchdog on October 20, 2022, fined Google Rs. A fine of 1,337.76 crores was imposed. Google was also directed by the CCI to stop engaging in numerous unfair business practices.
After the October 20 fine, the CCI on October 25 again imposed another fine of Rs 936.44 crore on Google for abuse of its dominant position with regard to its Play Store policies. Besides, the watchdog issued a cease and desist order.
After the second penalty was imposed, the US tech giant announced in November that it was “pausing” the implementation of its in-app billing system in India.
Meanwhile, the US tech giant has approached the country’s top court to block the CCI’s ruling and ask it to change the way it markets its Android platform.
Google has argued that implementation of the CCI order will affect its long-standing business model and consumer interests.
According to Supreme Court records, the US company filed a challenge against the tribunal’s verdict on Saturday.
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