NEW DELHI: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) denied leaking any secret reports, as Google LLC claimed in a motion to the Delhi High Court on Monday.
The CCI, through Senior Advocate N Venkataraman, told the court that the alleged Google leak was not from the commission, and that no confidential information about the investigation had been leaked.
The statement provided by CCI was taken into account by a bench led by Justice Rekha Palli, who stated that nothing had survived in the case.
The judge, while deciding the case, gave Google the right to take the matter to the Delhi High Court if there was any further disclosure in the media about the investigation’s secret components.
Senior Advocate N Venkataraman, who represented CCI in the case, previously stated that in the event of any damages, Google should sue media outlets that published “so-called confidential reports.”
“We strongly reject Google’s allegations against a government agency. There isn’t a single piece of evidence suggesting we did it “According to the Senior Advocate.
For Google LLC, Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi testified that CCI routinely leaks reports, that a protective order is required, and that there is a direct leak of a secret report, which is against the regulations.
“What is the necessity for this secrecy need if this happens on a regular basis? Natural justice is completely disregarded “Mr. Singhvi continued.
Arun Kathapalia, a senior advocate, appeared with Mr Singhvi, the petitioner in the case, for Google.
Google filed a writ petition in the Delhi High Court last week, alleging that a confidential interim fact-finding report submitted by the Director General’s office to the Competition Commission of India in connection with an ongoing investigation into Google’s Android smartphone agreements was leaked to the media.
A confidential interim fact-finding report filed by the Director General’s office to the Competition Commission of India relating to an ongoing inquiry into Google’s Android smartphone agreements was leaked to the media on September 18, 2021, according to a news release from Google.
According to the statement, Google has not yet received or processed this private report.
Google spokesperson commenting on the petition said, “we are deeply concerned that the Director General’s report, which contains our confidential information in an ongoing case, was leaked to the media while in the CCI’s custody.”