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Advocate Aman Lekhi, who was representing the CCI before Justice Navin Chawla in the Delhi High Court, said that WhatsApp and Facebook's pleas challenging CCI’s findings were “incompetent and misconceived."
For now, the court has reserved its order on the matter.
In January, WhatsApp, which has around 400 million users in India, had said that it was looking forward to “engaging with the CCI” after the Indian whistle-blower decided to take suo motu cognisance (an action taken on apprehension) of how the policy may impact users in India.
In recent months, WhatsApp has resorted to various methods to show people that their private chats are end-to-end encrypted.
The company has also repeatedly been flashing reminders on its app asking users to either accept the policy by 15 May or delete their accounts. Reacting to these repeated reminders, Indian WhatsApp users have time and again said that they would not let their arms be twisted.