CCI told a bank headed by Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma that there was “virtually a suspension” of proceedings and that the antitrust regulator should be allowed to conduct its investigation and that Facebook and WhatsApp should be asked to submit their responses. Also Read – Twitter Update: After Hindi and English, Company Launches Tamil Topics for Android, iOS and Web Users | Declaration inside
What happened in court on Thursday?
On January 3, a bank led by then Chief Justice DN Patel extended the time for submission of replies by Facebook and WhatsApp to two June 2021 CCI notices asking them to provide certain information in view of its investigation. .
The court verbally noted on Thursday that “there was no adjournment” regarding the investigation and held that the two companies should submit their response to the CCI and list the case for further consideration on July 22. A lawyer who appeared before the plaintiffs said their appeals would be fruitless if the provisional protection is removed and is informed that a preliminary answer has already been filed with the CCI. A senior lawyer appearing for Facebook India urged the court to postpone the hearing on the appeal, saying the case concerns “matters of interest”.
What is going on?
(With inputs from PTI)