The Delhi High Court has agreed to consider a WhatsApp plea that an antitrust probe against it has no merit based on an National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) judgement earlier this week.
The messaging platform asked the Delhi High Court to take into account this judgement in the matter on August 4, with the court agreeing to the request.
Interestingly, in 2017, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) itself had said in an order that WhatsApp had not abused its dominant position in the instant messaging market. The judgement that NCLAT gave earlier this week was on a petition that had challenged the CCI order of 2017.
However, the competition watchdog has now argued that the Meta (formerly Facebook)-owned platform's position and practices in the market have changed in the years since – consequently, meriting a fresh evaluation of the matter.
Hearings at the Delhi High Court in this matter have concluded. The court is expected to give a judgement within the next couple of weeks that will determine whether CCI can investigate Whatsapp or not.
WhatsApp did not respond to a Moneycontrol query on the matter.