The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) issued a notice on November 24, announcing the deferment of the hearing for Google’s appeal. Initially scheduled to begin on November 28, the appellate tribunal postponed the proceedings related to the challenge against the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) Rs 936 crore penalty imposed on Google.
The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has deferred the final hearing of Google’s appeal against the Competition Commission of India (CCI), which imposed a penalty of Rs 936 crore for alleged abuse of its dominant position in the playstore ecosystem. The NCLAT released a notice on November 24, postponing the scheduled hearing that was supposed to commence on November 28.
Previously, on January 11, the tribunal had declined to provide immediate relief to Google against the CCI’s order and set the case for a final hearing in April 2023. Google had initially appealed to the Supreme Court against the NCLAT order but later withdrew the case.
The CCI had penalized Google on October 25, 2022, for allegedly restricting app developers from using third-party billing or payment processing services for in-app purchases on the Google Play Store, a digital distribution service operated by Google for downloading mobile apps.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) determined that Google’s requirement for app developers to use the Google Play Billing System (GPBS) for paid apps and in-app purchases, as a condition for access to the Play Store, amounted to the imposition of an unfair condition on these developers. The CCI found that this practice by Google constituted discriminatory behavior, particularly in light of Google’s failure to apply the same standard to its own application, YouTube, by not using GPBS. This finding by the CCI suggests that Google was engaging in discriminatory practices regarding the use of its billing system within the Google Play Store ecosystem.