The Competition Commission of India (CCI) on 27 March 2014 imposed a fine of 1 crore rupees on Google under Section 43 for its non cooperation.
It also directed Google to give its full cooperation during the pending investigation. Google had refused to supply information and documents demanded by the Director General.
The Director General required this information during the investigation of a complaint against Google. In this complaint, M/S Matrimony com private Ltd and Consumer Unity and
Trust Society (CUTS) had accused that internet giant is misusing its market power in the areas of search advertising and online Search.
Their major allegation is that the Google Search Engine favors platforms it wants to support and hence, it adopts unfair and discriminatory practices. The investigation team is
looking into the Software and the Algorithmic search used by the Google.
About Competition Commission of India (CCI)
The CCI was established on 14 October 2003. The body consists of a chairperson and six members. CCI is under the Administrative Control of the Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
The major functions of the Commission are to look into the implementation of The Competition Act, 2002 and check unfair trade practices.
The Competition Act prohibits anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant position by enterprises and regulates combinations (acquisition, acquiring of control and M&A), which causes or likely to cause an appreciable adverse effect on competition within India.
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