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Delhi court stays order on Ericsson till next hearing

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on January 20, 2018 Published on April 25, 2016

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The Delhi High Court, which had earlier permitted Competition Commission of India (CCI) to investigate the complaints against Swedish telecom equipment manufacturer Ericsson, has stayed the order till the next hearing. The next hearing of the case is posted for May 12.

“We direct that no final report shall be filed by the Director General (DG) till the next date of hearing. It is made clear that in the meanwhile the appellants shall extend full co-operation to enable the DG process with the investigation,” the court said in its order dated April 19.

BusinessLine has reviewed a copy of the order.

Earlier on March 30, the High Court had upheld India’s antitrust watchdog CCI’s jurisdiction to probe Ericsson’s alleged anti-competitive practices. The complaints by Micromax and Intex accused Ericsson of abusing its dominant position to demand for royalties on handset costs, which the companies termed as “excessive”.

In the case of Micromax, CCI had passed orders on November 12, 2013, and later on January 16, 2014 in case of Intex, directing DG CCI to probe into these accusations. The body was also looking whether provisions of the Competition Act were violated.

Later, Ericsson challenged these orders in the Delhi High Court stating that CCI had no jurisdiction. It argued that any issue regarding a claim for royalty would fall within the purview of the Patents Act of 1960.

Published on April 25, 2016
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