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Karnataka High Court disposes Google’s petition against CCI

The Karnataka High Court on Monday has disposed of Google India’s writ petition seeking more time to respond to the Competition Council of India in the Play store’s payments-related case. The case was disposed of after both parties filed a joint memo.

Google India and others had moved the High Court challenging the CCI order on December 14, 2021, pertaining to a probe into the Google Play Store rules. The CCI probe follows a petition filed by Alliance of Digital India Foundation (ADIF), a startup industry body, seeking relief from certain categories of new Play Store policies.

The US-based technology firm had requested the antitrust regulator to help it access the identities of app developers and startups that claimed they would suffer as a result of its policy. The CCI rejected the request, after which Google India moved the high court.

It was also stated that the joint memo should not be construed as a legal or factual admission or waiver by any of the parties and all factual and legal contentions by all parties remain open. The parties are at liberty to file appropriate proceedings in the future. 

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