The Competition Commission of India has imposed a penalty of ₹1 crore on Google for failure to supply information pertaining to ongoing investigations against the internet service giant.
The penalty has been imposed under Section 43.
The fair trade regulator has been probing Google for alleged anti-competitive practices following a complaint by consumer advocacy group CUTS International and Matrimony.com
CUTS had alleged that Google was abusing its dominant position by imposing unfair and discriminatory conditions in various ways. Among the major allegations was creating a search bias which drives its customers to view only such ancillary services as owned and operated by Google.
Similarly, Matrimony.com also complained about discriminatory practices.
“The order was passed on a reference made by the DG to CCI alleging inter alia non-cooperation by Google in the pending investigations,” a CCI statement said.
It 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.
‘Disappointed’ When contacted, a Google spokesperson said, “We’re disappointed by this development. 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’ve not yet received this procedural order, but will review it fully once we have.”
Globally, too, Google has been under scrutiny from international regulators on similar counts.
Last month , Google reached a settlement to end the European Union’s three-year antitrust probe after it improved an offer to display results from rival search services.