Competition Commission imposes Rs 1 crore fine on
Press Information Bureau, March 27,
Competition Commission has imposed a Rs 1-crore penalty on Google
for failing to provide information related to an investigation
into the Internet major's alleged unfair trade practices in India.
fair trade watchdog also directed the company to cooperate in the
Google was penalised by the Competition Commission of India (CCI)
for "non cooperation" in the pending investigation.According to an
official statement on Thursday, Google has been fined Rs 1 crore
for failing to comply with the directions of the Director General
(DG) seeking information and documents.
Google spokesperson said the company was "disappointed by this
development." The DG, the investigation arm of the regulator, is
probing a complaint filed by matrimony.com Pvt Ltd and Consumer
Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) against Google, alleging that it was
abusing market power in the online search and advertising markets.
also directed Google to cooperate with the investigations by
furnishing such other information/documents which may be required
by the DG during the course of further investigations," the
statement issued by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs said.
commission is under the administrative control of the ministry.
"While we are confident that our products are compliant with
competition law in India, we continue to cooperate fully with the
Competition Commission of India's extensive and ongoing
investigation."We have not yet received this procedural order, but
will review it fully once we have," the Google spokesperson said
in a statement.
case against Google has been before the CCI for over two
years.Last year, CCI Chairman Ashok Chawla said the complaint was
that the Google search engine favours platforms it wants to
support."That is when you click on Google under a certain
category, you will get the platforms where there is a tendency to
put them in a certain order which may not be the fair and
what is the software and what is the algorithmic search (That is)
what the investigation team is looking at," Chawla had said.In its
2013 annual report filed with US regulator SEC in February, Google
mentioned anti-trust cases in India and some other jurisdictions.
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