WhatsApp urged the High Court to issue direction to authorities concerned not to take any coercive action against messaging applications till the next date of hearing.
A vacation bench of justices Anup Jairam Bhambhani and Justice Jasmeet Singh reserved the order after hearing the submission of both sides.
During the course of the hearing, the court asked Additional Solicitor General Aman Lekhi, if he is in a position to say that from now till July 9, the CCI will not take any precipitate action.
The High Court further asked if the CCI want to get into it even while legal challenges are pending.
ASG Aman Lekhi replied that he has received instructions that the report is not going to be submitted by July 9, in any case, so they may respond. ASG Lekhi assured only after the report is submitted any steps will follow and so no threat is hanging over their heads.
The fresh pleas were filed by Facebook and WhatsApp on an ongoing petition whereby the companies have challenged the single-judge bench order dismissing their pleas against the CCI decision.
Earlier, the Division Bench had issued notice to CCI in the matter.
Senior Advocate Harish Salve and former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi appeared for the petitioners and had told the court that the CCI proceedings must be kept in abeyance as the matter is pending before the Supreme Court and the High Court.
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Aman Lekhi, who represented CCI in the matter, had earlier told the court that the matter is not of privacy but access to data and the CCI is going to deal with metadata. (ANI)