Fast-track Android hearing
The Supreme Court on Wednesday has agreed to adjudicate to itself the appeal filed by Google challenging the Competition Commission of India (CCI) order imposing a penalty of Rs 1,338 crore for abusing its “dominant position” in Android mobile devices.
Chief Justice of India D.Y.Chandrachud listed the matter for adjudication on Thursday.
On Wednesday, both additional solicitor general N. Venkataraman appearing for the CCI and senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi (Google) said it would be better if the Supreme Court itself decided on the matter instead of referring the matter back to the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal(NCLAT).
The bench, which also included Justice P.S. Narasimha and Justice J.B. Pardiwala, said they were open to refer the matter back to the NCLT for early hearing next Monday instead of April as listed by the tribunal.
Venkataraman, however, favoured a hearing by the Supreme Court. “They (Google) cannot be given two innings… this is a matter of national importance. The world is looking at us. Kindly hear us,” the ASG said.
Justice Chandrachud also said the court can ensure there is no adjournment at the NCLAT and in the meanwhile, the CCI can be restrained from taking any coercive action.
The ASG’s suggestion was agreed to by Singhvi following which the matter was listed on Thursday.