The Delhi High Court has extended until March 30 the deadline to present a response to the notifications issued by CCI to Facebook and WhatsApp on June 4 and 8. The court had previously given time to file a response to the notice and then extended the time.
Lead attorney Harish Salve, who appears on WhatsApp, argued that the data protection bill was tabled in Parliament and that the court had given time until October 11, 2021 to file a response to the notification, but after that could not be extended, because the matter could not be heard.
Additional Attorney General Aman Lekhi, who appeared for CCI, argued that the data protection bill is “irrelevant” to the dispute. This matter is not related to ‘Privacy’. It involves abuse of office and investigation in some cases. Meanwhile, Facebook India lawyer has submitted a request to represent himself as a party in the matter. However, the court asked him to file a new petition.
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