Google-CCI Case: Google Play Store Has 1 Week To House Third-Party App Stores

Google has been forced to allow third-party app stores in the official Google Play store within the next week. This is separate from the fines imposed by the Supreme Court, which the tech giant will have to pay, media reports say. The Supreme Court last week ordered the tech giant to deposit 10% of the Rs 1,337.76 crore fine imposed by the Competition Commission, a competition watchdog, to comply with an order of the National Court of Appeals for the Companies Act (NCLAT). , gave Google India a week. Filed suit with India (CCI) for alleged anti-competitive practices.

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This is a major setback for Alphabet-owned Google, which it says will hurt consumers and slow the growth of India’s Android ecosystem, according to a Reuters report.

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Earlier last week, the SC refused to honor Google’s plea against NCLAT’s order denying it an interim stay with the competition regulator imposing a fine of Rs 1,337 crore.

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A bench led by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, composed of Justices PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala, declined the NCLAT’s order. However, the Supreme Court has directed his NCLAT to dismiss Google’s appeal by March 31st. Bench said the court’s presentation of its opinion on the merits affects litigation in NCLAT. According to the news agency IANS, the findings of the CCI cannot be said to be without jurisdiction or demonstrably erroneous.

If you recall, Google recently warned that the growth of India’s hugely popular Android ecosystem would stall due to an antitrust order by the Indian Competition Commission calling for changes to how the Android platform is marketed. The Alphabet-owned company mentioned this in its Supreme Court challenge.

On January 4th, NCLAT refused a moratorium under a competition regulator’s order and asked Google to deposit 10% of the amount.

NCLAT has upheld a challenge to search giant CCI for imposing a fine of Rs 133.776 crore on CCI for abusing its dominant position in the Android smartphone operating system in the country.