The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has concluded its hearing over the petition filed by Google, in which the company challenged the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) order imposing a Rs 13.38 billion penalty for anti-competitive practices in relation to Android mobile devices. A two-member bench of the NCLAT conducted the hearing on a day-to-day basis for over a month.
In October 2022, CCI imposed a penalty of Rs 13.38 billion on Google for anti-competitive practices in relation to Android mobile devices. The regulator had also ordered the internet major to cease and desist from various unfair business practices. This ruling was challenged before NCLAT. Google in its petition had contended the investigation done against it by CCI as tainted. According to Google’s plea, CCI has failed to conduct an impartial, balanced, and legally sound investigation while ignoring evidence from Indian users, app developers, and original equipment manufacturers.