Google Requests Supreme Court To Quash Android Antitrust Directives Against Company

Internet search engine Google has requested the Supreme Court to set aside the directions passed against the company for misusing its dominant position in the Android market. Recently, a tribunal had set aside four of the 10 directions given to the company, giving some relief to Google in the same matter.

The Reuters report quoted sources as saying that Google has argued in court that it has not abused its position in the market and should not be held liable for paying the penalty. Along with this, the company has also sought permission to tell how users and developers have benefited from Android. In this case, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) found Google guilty of misusing its dominant position in the market. There are reports that the CCI has also filed an appeal in the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the tribunal’s decision to grant some relief to Google.

About 97 percent of the 600 million smartphones in the country run on Android. In Europe, this figure is about 75 percent for about 550 million smartphones. In October last year, the CCI fined Alphabet about $161 million for abusing its dominant position in the Android market. The CCI also asked the company to change the way it markets its Android system. The CCI had directed the company not to impose any condition which is unfair or discriminatory to the app developers.

Recently, Shark Tank India judge and businessman Anupam Mittal termed Google’s billing system as “illegal” and called Alphabet, which runs it, a ‘Digital East India Company’. He had said that Google has violated the laws of the country. Along with this, Mittal had hoped that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) would pay attention to this issue. Last month, Minister of State for Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar told Reuters in an interview that such cases are serious and the central government is concerned and action will be taken against Google.

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