The bench of Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramanium Prasad on Thursday while dismissing both appeals moved by Whatsapp and Facebook refused to further extend the stay granted on notices issued to messaging apps by CCI.
The bench said that the appeals were devoid of merits. The bench had kept the order reserved on July 25, 2022, after the completion of the submissions by all sides.
The Division bench was hearing the petitions of Whatsapp and Facebook challenging the single bench, which had dismissed Facebook and Whatsapp petitions.
Earlier in the hearing, the Bench noted that the Data Protection Bill is yet to be finalized by the respondents/Centre while granted time to WhatsApp and Facebook to file their response over the notice issued to them by CCI and sought several details from them.
The Court also extends the interim order granted to the appellant earlier by the court.
Facebook and WhatsApp had approached the Division bench through an appeal-challenged single-judge bench order dismissing their pleas against the CCI decision.
Senior Advocate Harish Salve and Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi appeared for the petitioners and told the court that CCI proceedings must be kept in abeyance as the matter is pending before Supreme Court and High Court.
Additional Solicitor General (ASG), who represented CCI in the matter, had earlier told the court that the matter is not of privacy but access to data and the Competition is going to deal with metadata.