The law comes in response to allegations that Apple misused their position in the software market.
India’s competition watchdog has ordered an investigation into Apple Inc’s activities in the country, saying it was the first impression that the iPhone manufacturer had violated other non-compliant laws.
The order from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) comes Friday after a nonprofit group claimed that Apple was abusing its role in the software market by forcing developers to use their in-app purchases.
The plaintiff, Together We Fight Society, argued that Apple’s imposition of a 30 per cent penalty on the online payment system for computer-paid items and other restrictions hurts the competition by raising prices for developers and customers while also acting as a barrier to market entry.
CCI said Apple’s prima facie bans bring market blockade to potential developers and vendors.
“The Commission currently believes that the prima facie case has been filed against Apple which should be investigated,” it said.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment.
The company denied the allegations in a letter to CCI in November, which was reviewed by Reuters, and asked the supervisor to take action. lose the case, emphasizing that its market share in India was “less” 0-5 percent.
CCI also said that Apple’s dispute over its market was “disrupted” because the allegations were related to anti-competitive restrictions on developers and not users.
The speculation is similar to what Apple is experiencing in the European Union, where regulators last year began researching US technology.
The CCI instructed its investigative team to complete the investigation and report within 60 days of the verdict. Usually, such research lasts for several months.
The moderator is personally investigating Google’s payment system within the app as part of a company-wide investigation after India’s founders last year expressed concern.