A vacation bench of Justices Anup Jairam Bhambhani and Jasmeet Singh said, “We will pass an order. The matter will be listed on July 9”.
The court said it was sitting on a vacation bench, hence did not want to go into the merits of the case.
Facebook and WhatsApp, in the fresh application, sought the intervention of the court to stay the CCI’s June 4 notice asking them to furnish certain information for the purpose of inquiry conducted by it.
Counsel for Facebook and WhatsApp submitted that the last date to respond to the notice was June 21.
The CCI, represented by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Aman Lekhi, opposed the application on the ground that furnishing of information would not lead to any order by the CCI at this stage of inquiry.
The ASG said no threat was looming over the head of WhatsApp till the report on the inquiry was submitted with the competition watchdog.
The CCI had said that the current probe order was made to gauge whether access to data would lead to abuse of dominant position. It was not concerned with the privacy aspect of the issue as the Supreme Court was already seized of it, it stated.