The Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a fine of Rs 136 crore on Google for unfair business practices in the Indian market for online search.
After a detailed investigation on the complaints filed in 2012, the regulator said the penalty is being imposed on Google for ‘infringing anti-trust conduct’.
On the CCI ruling, a Google spokesperson said the company is ‘reviewing the narrow concerns identified by the Commission and will assess our next steps’.
It was suspected that Google is involved in misusing of leading position in the market for online search through practices related to search bias and search manipulation, among others.
The penalty amount of Rs 135.86 crore turns to be about 5% of the company’s average total revenue generated from India operations from its different business segments for the financial years 2013-15, according to the CCI order.
“The Competition Commission of India has confirmed that, on the majority of issues it examined, our conduct complies with Indian competition laws. We are reviewing the narrow concerns identified by the Commission and will assess our next steps,” the spokesperson said in a statement.