After Google filed a writ petition in the Karnataka High Court, requesting more time to respond to CCI’s probe, a hearing was held today (January 5, 2022). During the hearing, CCI made the submission that its investigation arm will complete the ongoing probe against Google within 60 days.
Previously, Google, in its plea, has stated that since it has delayed its Play Store rules by October 2022, there is ‘no urgency’ on the matter.
CCI launched a probe into Google’s Play Store policies in October 2021, after the Alliance of Digital India Foundation (ADIF), which represents the interests of various stakeholders including 400+ startups and app developers, filed an interim relief plea with the CCI, seeking a retraction of the April 2022 timeline imposed by Google Play Store.
The alliance claims that Play Store asking for a 15% commission cut restricts the ability of app developers to select a payment processing system of their choice.
Sijo Kuruvilla George, executive director, ADIF said, “Google’s consistent attempts throughout have been to implement their mandatory Play Store billing policy and to also delay or evade any antitrust indictment. By conveying to the Court that the CCI is expected to complete their investigation in 60 days, the antitrust regulator has essentially checkmated Google’s attempt to delay the overall antitrust investigation process by exploiting legal challenges.”