The court said that the social messaging app was “voluntary” and people could choose not to use or join the platform if they did not agree with its terms and conditions.
But in a sidebar, two lawyers argued over who was representing WhatsApp and who was appearing for Facebook, which owns the messaging app.
“I’m appearing for WhatsApp,” said Mukul Rohtagi.
To which, Kapil Sibal said: “I’m appearing for WhatsApp. You’re appearing for Facebook.”
Rohatgi, taken aback, said: “Really? I thought it was the other way round…”
That is when the judge, Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, cut in and said: “Both of you need to share some data on who is appearing for whom.”
A petitioner has challenged WhatsApp’s new policy, saying it allows full access to a user’s online activity without any supervision by the government. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).