New Delhi, Dec 14: The Delhi High Court has asked Microsoft Corporation to shell out $16,000 for choosing to fight four copyright violation cases in the India.
The court said that Microsoft was using "money power" to "harass" the defendants.
Justice SN Dhingra said, "When the constitution of India provides equality before law, this equality has to be all pervasive and cannot be allowed to be diluted because of money power or lobbying power."
He said that an outfit cannot be allowed to choose a court of his liking because of his money power.
The four companies are charged with violation of copyright on grounds of suspicion that they were using pirated software.
The court will hear the matter further on Jan 18, 2010.