Google fined 135 crore for unfair search practices
The Competition Commission of India (CCI), which is India’s antitrust watchdog, has levied a fine of Rs 136 crore fine on Google for what it has called a “search bias”. This is a setback for the world's most popular internet search engine.
The CCI has said that Google was taking advantage of its dominance in online web search and online search advertising markets.
“Google was found to be indulging in practices of search bias and by doing so, it causes harm to its competitors as well as to users” - Competition Commission of India
The penalty amount of Rs 135.86 crore is 5% of the company’s average total revenue generated from India operations from its different business segments for the years 2013, 2014 and 2015.
The ruling has come the basis of complaints filed by Matrimony.com and Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) against Google LLC, Google India Pvt Ltd and Google Ireland Ltd.
The company will need to deposit the fine within 60 days.