Competition Commission orders fresh probe against Google in India

May 13 2014, 22:19 IST
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Competition Commission is already probing the Internet major Google for alleged anti-competitive business practices. Reuters Competition Commission is already probing the Internet major Google for alleged anti-competitive business practices. Reuters
SummaryCompetition Commission is already probing Google for alleged anti-competitive business practices.

courses of action such as filtering out fraudulent firms and maintaining contracts with firms that have been operating genuinely for long periods of time," the CCI added.

Gupta, his family and associates own and manage Shyam Garment Group of Companies. It includes Shyam Garment Pvt Ltd (SGL) and Delhi Call Centre Pvt Ltd -- both set up in India – and Audney, which is incorporated in the US.

The CCI is already probing allegations that Google abused its dominant position in the Internet search space. Related to this case, the Commission had recently slapped a Rs 1 crore penalty on Google for failing to provide information related to the investigation.

The complaint against Google, one of the world's most valued companies, was first filed by advocacy group CUTS International in late 2011. Later, matrimonial website matrimony.com Private Ltd also filed a complaint. In its 2013 annual report filed with US regulator SEC in February, Google referred to the anti-trust cases in India and other jurisdictions.

"The Comision Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia in Argentina, the Competition Commission of India, the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission, Brazil's Council for Economic Defense and the Canadian Competition Bureau have also opened investigations into certain of our business practices," the filing had said.

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