SC Refuses To Stay CCI Order Imposing Rs1,337.76 Crore Fine on Google
IANS 19 January 2023
In a setback to Google, the Supreme Court on Thursday refused to interfere with the national company law appellate tribunal (NCLAT) decision, declining to stay operation of the competition commission of India (CCI) order imposing Rs1,337.76 crore fine on the tech giant.
A bench, headed by chief justice DY Chandrachud and comprising justices PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala, declining to interfere with the NCLAT order, directed it to dispose of Google's appeal by 31st March.
The bench said any expression of opinion of this court on merits would affect the case before the NCLAT. It added that the findings by CCI cannot be said to be without jurisdiction or with manifest error.
The chief justice said the compliance with the order of CCI is extended by a further period of one week.
On 11th January, the Supreme Court had agreed to examine an appeal by Google against a decision by the NCLAT, declining to stay a Rs1,337.76 crore penalty imposed on it by the CCI for alleged anti-competitive practices.
Google moved the apex court after the setback at NCLAT, which did not stay the CCI order on abuse of dominant position in multiple markets in the Android mobile device ecosystem case.
Earlier this month, NCLAT did not find any urgency to pass an interim order, after noting that Google filed the appeal in December last year, though CCI passed the order in October.
It directed Google to deposit 10% of the fine amount.
The tribunal had said that there was no urgency shown in the filing of the appeal, therefore, Google could not be allowed to press for interim relief.
In October last year, CCI had imposed a penalty of Rs1,337.76 crore on the company for abusing its dominant position in multiple markets in relation to Android mobile devices.
CCI also imposed a penalty of Rs936.44 crore on the company for abusing its dominant position with respect to its Play Store policies.
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