Google appeals CCI's Rs. 1,338 Cr fine for abusing Android market to NCLAT
Google appeals CCI's Rs. 1,338 Cr fine for abusing Android market to NCLAT

NEW DELHI: On Friday, Google announced that it had filed an appeal with the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) against the Competition Commission of India's (CCI) decision to fine the tech giant Rs. 1,338 crore for abusing its dominant position in a number of markets within the Android mobile ecosystem.

Google announced in a statement that it had decided to appeal the CCI's Android ruling as it "believes it constitutes a substantial setback for our Indian users and businesses who trust Android's security features, and potentially increases the cost of mobile devices."

"Indian users, developers, and OEMs have benefited significantly from Android, which has also fueled India's digital transformation. We're excited to present our argument and are still dedicated to our users and partners "an official of Google said.

The Indian anti-competition authority also levied Google its second fine in October for abusing its dominant position in relation to its Play Store policy, this time for almost $113 million (Rs 936 crore).

The Competition Commission of India's directed Google to cease and desist from indulging in anti-competitive practices.

Google vehemently disagreed with the CCI's ruling, claiming that it was defending the Android business model in the nation through all necessary legal means.

The NCLAT "will fully account for the evidence on record and the great contribution that Android has made to the massive growth and success of the mobile ecosystem in India," according to Google.

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