Google moves Delhi High Court against ICC over ‘leaked’ investigation report


New Delhi: Google announced on Thursday that it has applied to the Delhi High Court to challenge the leak of the confidential report by antitrust body CCI regarding the investigation against the tech giant.

Google, in a statement, said it aimed to prevent any further unlawful disclosure of confidential findings by the investigative arm of the Competition Commission of India (CCI).

The tech giant noted that it had “not yet received or reviewed this confidential report.”

“Google has filed a written petition with the Delhi HC seeking relief in this case, specifically protesting the breach of trust which harms Google’s ability to defend itself and harms Google and its partners,” it said. -he adds.

Last week, reports had indicated that CCI’s investigative arm, the chief executive (CEO), had found that Google had engaged in unfair business practices in relation to Android.

After finding prima facie an alleged violation of competition standards, CCI – in early 2019 – ordered a detailed investigation against Google in this regard.

“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 ICC custody.

“Protecting confidential information is fundamental to any government investigation, and we are pursuing our legal right to seek redress and prevent further unlawful disclosure,” a Google spokesperson said in the statement.

The spokesperson added that the company cooperated fully and maintained confidentiality throughout the investigation process.

“…We hope and expect the same level of confidentiality from the institutions we engage with,” the spokesperson added.

The company said the DG’s findings “do not reflect the ICC’s final decision” and that the submission of the investigation report is an intermediate procedural step.

“Google has not yet had the opportunity to review the DG’s findings, let alone present its defense to any allegations,” the statement said.

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