NCLAT Affirmed the Rs. 1337.76 Crore Penalty Imposed on Google for Abusing its Dominance in the Mobile OS Market

The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLAT) upheld the order of the Competition Commission of India (CCI), imposing a penalty of Rs. 1337.76 crore on Google LLC for abusing its dominant position in the market for licensable smart mobile Operating Systems (OS). The NCLAT stated that the investigation conducted by the CCI was not violative of the principles of natural justice, as contended by Google, and confirmed its anti-competitive behaviour. However, the NCLAT set aside certain directions issued by CCI against Google, to ensure that it altered its conduct to make the market more competitive.