An Indian tribunal on Wednesday declined a request by Google to dam an antitrust ruling that ordered the tech large to vary its strategy to its Android platform, dealing the U.S. agency a setback in a key progress market.
In October, the Competitors Fee of India (CCI) fined Alphabet Inc’s Google $161 million for exploiting its dominant place in markets similar to on-line search and the Android app retailer, and requested it to vary curbs on smartphone makers associated to pre-installing apps.
In the course of the listening to, Google’s counsel, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, repeatedly pushed for placing the choice on maintain, or extending the date of implementation of CCI’s directives past Jan. 19. He mentioned the CCI’s resolution will drive the corporate to vary its enterprise mannequin and hurt client curiosity.
The tribunal didn’t agree. “We’re of opinion that in the mean time given the voluminous nature of the attraction, there is no such thing as a have to cross any interim order,” the two-member tribunal panel mentioned.
Google instructed the tribunal in a authorized submitting that CCI’s investigation unit copied elements of a European ruling in opposition to the U.S. agency from an analogous verdict on abuse of market dominance of its Android working system, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
The CCI investigators “copy-pasted extensively from a European Fee resolution, deploying proof from Europe that was not examined in India”, Google alleged.
The CCI has not responded but to these allegations.
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