Google has sued the Delhi High Court against India’s antitrust regulator for allegedly reporting to the media a report on its investigation into the company. The report said Google was abusing its dominant position of Android in India to hurt local competitors.
In a statement on Thursday, the company said it had postponed the court “in protest of the breach of trust that is affecting Google’s ability to defend itself and harming Google and its partners.”
“We are deeply concerned that the director general’s report containing our confidential information on an ongoing case leaked to the media while the CCI was in custody,” a Google spokesman said.
The company also noted that it has not yet received or examined the report, further saying that the director general’s findings do not reflect the final decision of the Indian Competition Commission and the submission of the report is a preliminary procedural step.
“Google has not yet had the opportunity to verify the results of the general management, let alone defend the allegations,” the company said in a statement.
According to the spokesman, “the protection of confidential information is fundamental to any government investigation, and we pursue our legal right to seek redress and prevent further unlawful disclosures.”
“We have cooperated fully and confidentiality throughout the investigation process, and we hope and expect the same level of confidentiality from the institutions we work with,” they added.
According to the “leaked” report, which was the first time reported From the Times of India, the CCI’s investigative arm said after a two-year investigation that Google was found guilty of introducing anti-competitive and restrictive practices in the Android operating system market.
The investigation also found that Google restricted manufacturers’ ability to manufacture and sell devices using alternative forms of Android by imposing unfair conditions on them.
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