Google files writ in Karnataka HC seeking more time on CCI charge
Google has filed a writ in Karnataka High Court seeking more time to reply to the Competition Commission’s queries pertaining to a probe into Play Store rules.
Google said it respects the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) investigative process and “will continue to engage cooperatively and constructively in the interest of a fair investigation”.
“We have filed a writ in Karnataka High Court regarding the interim relief application in the Google Play probe by the CCI, seeking to move forward in line with established due process principles,” a Google spokesperson said in an email on Monday.
A source aware of the company’s position on the matter noted that Google has extended the timeline for developers in India to integrate with Play’s billing system to October 31.
The source also said Google believes this voluntary extension of the deadline extinguishes the need for the “interim injunctive relief” sought by the Alliance of Digital India Foundation. So, the insistence on extremely tight timelines is concerning as there is no cause for undue haste, the source added.
Google has also made some other “procedural” requests to the CCI with regard to the identity of the complainants (which will help it respond adequately to the complaint) as well as the inclusion of a judicial member in the probe panel.
In the absence of any urgency, Google believes the CCI should observe due process in the interest of a fair and thorough investigation, the source said.
Earlier this month, Google said it was deferring the deadline for developers in India to integrate with its Play billing system from March 2022 to October next year.