Geneva, Jan 9: India on Monday hit back at the United States in the World Trade Organisation, calling the US request of sanction against India for alleged protectionism in the solar industry an invalid request. The United States had litigated last month that India had discriminated against foreign suppliers of solar cells and modules; thus, violating WTO rules. Also Read - 'Another Phase of Greatest Witch Hunt', Says Donald Trump After US Senate Acquits Him in Historic Impeachment Trial

In a statement, India said that it had tweaked rules to comply with WTO rulings and that the US demand for punitive action against India was not a valid request. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Now Solar Energy to Power Railways Passenger Coaches | Details Here

Taking the fight to the United States, India said that the country had skipped legal steps and had not followed correct WTO procedures, leaving India severely prejudiced. India strongly objected the US request of trade sanctions. Also Read - US Court Seeks Status Report On Visas To Family Members Of H1-B Holders

World powers are struggling to be at the top of the game of renewable energy as conventional means of electricity are getting scarce.

India is a late entrant in the solar power game, but it is catching up rapidly. It announced its national solar programme in 2011.

The United States lodged a complained with the WTO in 2013 that US solar exports to the country fell by 90 per cent. The WTO found that India had broken rules by making it mandatory for solar power players to use India-made components in solar panels.

India told the WTO last week that it might impose temporary emergency tariffs on solar cells, modules and panels.