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New Delhi [India], August 27 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Friday extended the time granted to Facebook and WhatsApp to file their responses over notices issued to them by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and adjourned the matter for October 11.
The Bench of Justice Dhirubhai Naranbhai (DN) Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh listed the matter for October 11 for further hearing.
Earlier, the court had also granted time to petitioners, after Senior Advocate Harish Salve appearing for Whatsapp LLC informed the Court that "on one hand, we are insisting to file a response on CCI notices, and on the other hand CCI counsel is seeking adjournment in the matter for another date."
Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi appeared for Facebook in the matter. Whatsapp was sent a notice on June 4 while Facebook was sent a notice on June 8 by CCI seeking information and responses to certain queries.
Earlier, the vacation bench of the Delhi High Court urged Director General, CCI to bear in mind that investigation against the appellant (WhatsApp and Facebook) is under judicial consideration before a Division Bench of this court."
The bench had also stated that in its view, there is no doubt that the issuance of impugned notice by the DG is a step in furtherance of the investigation commenced in the Suo-Motu case, in which investigation is a subject matter of the challenge in the present LPA. Facebook and Whastapp had approached the Division bench through an appeal-challenged single-judge bench order dismissing their pleas against the CCI decision.
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Aman Lekhi, who represented CCI in the matter, had earlier told the court that the matter is not of privacy but access to data and the Competition is going to deal with metadata. (ANI)