NCLAT upholds ₹1,337.76 cr fine imposed on Google by competition watchdog


The NCLAT on Wednesday it upheld the order of the fair trade regulator CCI imposing a fine of Rs 1,337.76 crore on it internet giant Google. A two-member bench of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) directed Google to carry out the direction and deposit the amount within 30 days.

The NCLAT bench consisting of chairman Justice Ashok Bhushan and member Alok Shrivastava also made some changes to the CCI order.

It also rejected Google’s plea that there was a natural justice violation by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in the probe.

On October 20 last year, the CCI fined Google Rs 1,337.76 crore for anti-competitive practices related to Android mobile devices. The regulator also ordered the internet major to stop various unfair trading practices.

This ruling was challenged before the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), an appellate body for the CCI’s orders.

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