Delhi HC dismisses WhatsApp, Meta pleas against CCI probetext_fields
The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed pleas from WhatsApp and Facebook challenging the Competition Commission of India's (CCI) decision to launch a probe into the 2021 revisions to the instant messaging app's privacy policies.
A division bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad noted that the appeals against CCI's probe were devoid of merits.
The Delhi High Court, on July 25, reserved its orders in the case.
Additional Solicitor General N Venkatraman, who argued for CCI, said in a hearing earlier that since the probe had not been disallowed by any judicial forum, the regulator was within its powers to continue its investigation.
A lawyer for Meta said the messaging platform cannot be made a party to the case just because of its parent company.
"The investigation is 16 months old. We are not able to move an inch. We must be allowed to investigate," the CCI's counsel said. The court had then said that there was no stay on the proceedings and asked the two platforms to file replies for consideration.