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Google gets CCI notices over unpaid penalties

NEW DELHI: The Competition Commission if India (CCI) is understood to have issued demand notices to Google for its failure to pay within the stipulated time the penalties imposed on the internet major for anti-competitive practices, according to sources.
Google has filed appeals before the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) against the CCI’s two orders in October. The appeals are yet to be heard by the tribunal.
In October, the watchdog slapped penalties totalling Rs 2,274 crore in two separate cases on Android mobile system and Play Store policies. The sources said CCI has issued demand notices to Google for non-payment of penalties imposed on the company in the two cases.
While passing the orders, one on October 20 and another on October 25, CCI had directed the company to pay each of the penalties within 60 days of receiving the order concerned. With Google yet to pay the penalties, CCI has issued the notices. Under the competition law, an entity has to pay the fine within 30 days of receiving the demand notice, failing which the regulator can invoke its powers to recover the amount.
According to Google, appeals have been filed in both cases. According to the process, based on the outcome of the application seeking a stay on CCI orders, the penalties will become payable, it added. Under the competition law, entities have to pay the fine within the stipulated period if there is no stay on the ruling.

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