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Google moves High Court against CCI for leaking probe report to press

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Google on Thursday said it had moved the Delhi High Court against the Competition Commission of India (CCI) over the leak of a confidential CCI investigation report that found the US tech giant had abused its market dominance to hurt competition

Google on Thursday said it had moved the Delhi High Court against the Competition Commission of India (CCI) over the leak of a confidential CCI investigation report that found the US tech giant had abused its market dominance to hurt competition. 

The Times of India and Reuters news agency had reported last week that  a CCI investigation had found that Google had abused the dominant position of its Android operating system in India, using its "huge financial muscle" to hurt competitors which was in violation of the law.

Google said in a statement that it had moved the Delhi High Court against CCI  "to prevent any further unlawful disclosures of confidential findings."

The US tech giant said it was "protesting against the breach of confidence which impairs Google's ability to defend itself and harms Google and its partners."

"We cooperated fully and maintained confidentiality throughout the investigative process, and we hope and expect the same level of confidentiality from the institutions we engage with," the statement added.

The CCI had in 2019 ordered an investigation into the operations of Google as the tech giant appeared to have forced device manufacturers to pre-install Google apps which reduced their freedom to opt for alternative versions.

In its 750-page investigation report, CCI subsequently found the mandatory pre-installation of apps "amounts to imposition of unfair condition on the device manufacturers" in violation of India's competition law. The report also found the company leveraged the position of its Play Store app store to protect its dominance, according to a Reuters report.

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