WhatsApp and its owner Facebook were not granted any interim relief by the regular bench of the High Court on May 6, the previous date of hearing. “For the last reason, we do not think it appropriate to stay at this stage the operation of the impugned notice dated June 4, 2021,” the bench said. However, the High Court said, “There can be no doubt that the issue of the 4th June notice by the Director General of CCI was a step to carry forward the investigation initiated as per the order.”
Solicitor General Aman Lekhi, representing the CCI, had said that it would take sufficient time to prepare the report as per the receipt of the information sought through the notice. Lekhi said the report would not be completed before the next date of hearing before the regular bench at least on July 9.