Google has filed a writ petition before the Karnataka high court, seeking more time to respond to allegations against the company made by a group of startups before the competition regulator.
In October, the Alliance of Digital India Foundation (ADIF), an industry body of 422 Indian startups, filed a petition before the Competition Commission of India (CCI), seeking interim relief from Google’s new Play Store billing policy that was set to take effect from March.
CCI had asked Google to file its response by 31 December. While Google hasn’t filed its reply yet, the company extended the deadline for the new policy to October earlier this month. Now, Google has filed a writ petition with the HC asking for more time to file its response.
“Indeed, the measures sought to be restrained will not take place until 31 October 2022 at the earliest. The petitioners emphasize that—due to the October 2022 Implementation Announcement—the impacted developers do not currently need to change any of their current business practices or incur any additional fees on account of the Google Play Billing Clarifications,” the company argued in its petition. It also accused CCI of proceeding with a “rushed full submission” on the ADIF’s petition.
“We have filed a writ in Karnataka high court regarding the interim relief application in the Google Play probe by the CCI, seeking to move forward in line with established…