According to court documents, Google argued that the Indian antitrust tribunal should overturn a judgement against the US company for exploiting the dominance of its Android operating system in the country's market.
For abusing its dominant position in areas including online search and the Android app store, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) penalised Alphabet Inc.'s Google $161 million in October and demanded that it modify the constraints placed on smartphone manufacturers regarding pre-installed apps.
Google was concerned about the Indian decision, according to sources who spoke to Reuters in October, because the remedies mandated were thought to be more extensive than those outlined in the European Commission's historic 2018 decision against unjustified restrictions on manufacturers of Android mobile devices.
In that case, Google has contested a record-breaking fine of 4.1 billion euros ($4.3 billion).
Google claims in a document submitted to an Indian appeals tribunal that the CCI's investigation unit copied heavily from a European Commission judgement, employing evidence from Europe that was not considered in India.
In a statement, Google stated that it had chosen to challenge the CCI's ruling since it presents a severe obstacle for our Indian users and businesses.In its filing, it made no comments regarding the copy-pasting accusations.
On Wednesday, the court will hear Google's request to have the CCI's order reversed.
The Indian competition verdict came as Google is being subjected to more intense antitrust investigation globally. Google licences its Android operating system to manufacturers of smartphones, but others claim the restrictions are anti-competitive.
According to the US company, agreements like these help keep the operating system free and have increased options for everyone. According to Counterpoint Research, 75% of the 550 million smartphones in Europe run on Android, compared to 97% of the 600 million smartphones in India.
Google's Play Store licencing must not be coupled with the obligation of pre-installing Google search services, the Chrome browser, YouTube, or any other Google applications, the CCI declared in October.
Google claims in its appeal that the CCI's judgement "extends beyond" the fact that the CCI only discovered antitrust violations involving the Google search app, Chrome browser, and YouTube.
Separately, Google has also filed an appeal in relation to a different Indian antitrust ruling wherein it was penalised $113 million for limiting the use of third-party billing or payment processing services in India. The appeal is still pending.