The court is hearing a plea by WhatsApp, and Facebook, challenging a CCI (Competition Commission of India) inquiry into the policy.
"We voluntarily agreed to put it (the policy) on hold... we will not compel people to accept," Salve asserted.
Earlier, in May, WhatsApp moved the Delhi High Court on the ground that the new IT rules would cause the platform to ‘break privacy protections’.
WhatsApp is worried that the social media intermediary IT rules will go against its 'end-to-end encryption' stance that pledges to never read or store messages on their servers, resulting in a stalemate between the company and government.
The Centre had proposed to assign alphanumeric hashes to WhatsApp messages so that originator of every message can be traced back
(With inputs from Bar&Bench and PTI)