By: Manmeesh Kaur
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A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh issued the notice to the CCI which had ordered the probe and sought its response by May 21, the next date of hearing.
The court had agreed to a point. It stated that although it might have been “prudent” for the CCI to await the result of petitions within the Supreme Court docket and the Delhi High Court towards WhatsApp's new privateness coverage, however not doing so wouldn't make the regulator's order “perverse” or “wanting of jurisdiction.”
“There is no question of Jurisdictional error,” the CCI’s representative had contended saying that WhatsApp and Facebook's pleas challenging its decision were “incompetent and misconceived.”
However, the single judge bench refused to interfere with the CCI order merely on the ground that the antitrust authority should await the outcome of the pending cases before the Supreme Court and the High Court.
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