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Probe Report Against Google Is Only The Beginning, Says CCI

September 19, 2015 - Written By Debarshi Nayak

The report on the allegations of the anti-competitive practice of search engine and Technology company Google has been submitted to the Competition Commission of India, also known as CCI, by the Director General as per the procedure. CCI is now waiting for comments and inputs on the report from concerned firms. CCI’s chairman Ashok Chawla remarked in a meeting with journalists at the Indian Women Press Corps that this is only the beginning, referring to the fact that this is just the start of a lengthy procedure the CCI follows in every case.

CCI refers cases to the investigator arm or the director general to prepare a report. This report contains data sourced from various companies and their comments regarding the accusation. The report is then forwarded to the parties for their reply. A lot of web portals and internet business firms take part in this.  According to him, the reports have been forwarded to both parties, and they are waiting for respective replies to proceed with the case. According to the report, some firms agree to Google’s violation of trust, while others side with the American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products.

In the meantime, Google insists that they are compliant with India’s competition laws. They had said in August that they were going through the report from CCI’s investigation and that they offered full support for a resolution of a dispute. Google has also demanded access to certain documents held back by CCI, claiming them to be relevant data, and they have sought out some more time from the regulatory watchdog to submit their reply. The plea for the extra time has not been approved by CCI yet.

The investigation against Google first started three years ago, when they filed a complaint of anti-trust against Google. The probe reveals that Google Inc allegedly abused its position of dominance in the Indian market by introducing clauses in third party agreements that restricted them from using services from any other search engine. It also incorporated termination of service on breach of contract, possible only for influential companies. This investigation was ordered after CUTS, a consumer rights website and BharatMatrimony.com filed complaints with the Commission against Google. The probe also flagged Google’s Adsense agreement with users. If found guilty, CCI can impose a fine of 10 percent of the company’s three-year annual average turnover.