Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

Google appeals against Rs 136 crore fine imposed by CCI

Google appeals against Rs 136 crore fine imposed by CCI

Google on Tuesday said it has filed an appeal against a judgment by fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI) that fined the tech giant Rs 136.86 crore for abuse of its dominance and biased search practices in India.

The penalty is said to be 5% of the total revenue generated by the company from its operations in India via different segments and was imposed on the basis of complaints filed by companies such as Matrimony.com and Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) against Google LLC, Google India Pvt.

Google has filed the appeal with the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT). It found Google favoring its own shopping service, and demoting rival services in search results.

In an emailed statement, a spokeswoman for Google told ET, "We disagree with aspects of the CCI's decision, so we have filed an appeal and sought a stay on those findings".

The appeal comes after the Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a fine of Rs 1.36 billion (or $20.95 million) on the search giant back in February.

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Matrimony.com, according to the lawyer, has appealed against both the size of the fine, which it says is too small, and the CCI's ruling that neither Google's specialised search design or its advertising service, AdWords, were breaking competition rules. Janakiraman has earlier praised the CCI verdict, calling it a shot in the arm for the Digital India initiative and said that it would encourage the Indian internet ecosystem, in particular online start-ups.

Since Google has appealed the judgement, it could be until sometime in 2018 before the final outcome its determined.

It was alleged that Google was indulging in abuse of dominant position in the market for online search through practices leading to search bias and search manipulation, among others.

The CCI passed an order after a seven-year-long investigation brought to light that Google had been deliberately steering flight-related queries towards its own specialized flight search page rather than to competing websites.

"The CCI has confirmed that on the majority of issues it examined, our conduct complies with Indian competition laws".

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