Google sues CCI for leaking investigative report

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Google said on Thursday it had filed a subpoena in the Delhi High Court against India’s Competition Commission (ICC) over a leaked “confidential report”. On Sept. 18, an interim investigative report submitted by the CEO’s office to CCI regarding an ongoing investigation into Google’s Android smartphone deals was leaked to the media, the company said.

The company’s application is due to be heard in the High Court on Friday. Earlier in the day, Google had requested an urgent hearing into its plea, which had been authorized by the HC.

In a statement, Google said it aimed to prevent further unlawful disclosure of confidential findings by the ICC’s investigative arm.

He noted that the DG’s conclusions did not reflect the final decision of the ICC and that the submission of the investigation report was an intermediate procedural step. Google has not yet had a chance to review the DG’s findings, let alone present its defense to any allegations, he added.

“Today, Google has filed a motion for an injunction in the Delhi High Court seeking relief in this case, specifically protesting breach of trust which harms Google’s ability to defend itself and harms Google and its partners,” he said.

A Google spokesperson said: “We are deeply concerned that the CEO’s report, which contains our confidential information in an ongoing case, was leaked to the media while in the custody of the CCI.”

“Protecting confidential information is fundamental to any government investigation, and we are pursuing our legal right to seek redress and prevent further unlawful disclosure. We have cooperated fully and maintained confidentiality throughout the investigation process, and we hope and expect the same level of confidentiality from the institutions we engage with,” the spokesperson added.

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