On Thursday, search engine major Google was fined 136 million rupees by the Competition Commission for unfair trade practices in the Indian market.
Anti-Trust Regulator, Acting on complaints filed by Matrimony.com and Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) in 2012, has said that fines are being imposed on Google for “violating anti-trust conduct”. Two complainants have alleged that Google search engine is misusing its key position in the market and manipulating search results
CCI said in the order of page 120, “Google was included in search bias practices and by doing so, it hurts its competitors and users”.
CCI said, “Google was taking advantage of its dominance in the market for general web search, to strengthen its position in the market for online syndicate search services,” the CCI said.
According to the order of CCI, the penalty amount of Rs.135.86 crores is 5% of the company’s average total revenue from its various business segments for the financial year 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Responding to the decision, a Google spokesperson said: “We are always focused on innovation to fulfill the emerging needs of our users. The Indian Competitiveness Commission has confirmed that in most of the cases investigations have been done, our conduct is Indian Competition is in line with laws, we are reviewing the narrow concerns identified by the Commission and will assess our next steps. “