The Indian Companies Appeal Court – concerned with monopoly cases – agreed to start hearing the appeal of the American technology company, “Google“, against the order of the Indian Competition Protection and Anti-Monopoly Authority.
The Indian order stipulates that Google be fined for abusing the situation in the Android smartphone operating system market, as the appeal hearing will begin tomorrow, Wednesday.
Google has filed an appeal against the Competition and Antitrust Authority’s decision to fine it 13.4 billion rupees ($162 million) for abusing the dominant position of the Android operating system.
India’s Competition Authority fined Alphabet, Google’s parent company, last October for misusing the dominant role of its Android operating system to boost its online search activity.
The authority said at the time that the pre-installed Google apps would encourage users to use the Google search engine.
The committee ordered Google to make amendments, including providing the ability to remove search engine applications.
India – which will officially become the world’s most populous country – is an important growth market for Google and other US Silicon Valley companies, and Android phones are the most popular in the country.