Google has filed an appeal against CCI's verdict on search bias

Internet search giant Google has filed an appeal at the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) against a judgement by the Competition Commission of India (CCI), which found the United States firm guilty of "search bias". Google has appealed against the verdict. The company has now filed an appeal with the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), reports Reuters.

In February, the Competition Commission of India imposed a Rs. 136 crores (roughly $20.95 million) fine on Google, saying it was abusing its dominance in online web search and online search advertising markets, in the latest regulatory setback for the world's most popular Internet search engine.

Google has said it disagrees with aspects of CCI's decision, and so has filed an appeal and sought a stay on those findings.


Since Google has appealed the judgement, it could be until sometime in 2018 before the final outcome its determined. The CCI said that Google abused its dominance in searches on the web and online search ad markets.

Google has challenged the order of India's anti-trust body that found it guilty of "search bias".

Murugavel Janakiraman, founder-CEO of Matrimony.com, which was one of the original complainants in the case, said the firm has also filed an appeal against the competition watchdog's order, despite the judgement being in Matrimony's favour.


It said that the prominent display and placement of commercial Flight Unit with link to Google's specialised Flight search service was unfair imposition and deprived users of additional choices.

Last year, the European Commission imposed a record 2.4 billion euro ($3 billion) fine on the company for favouring its shopping service and demoting rival offerings.

The ruling by the CCI brought its probe to an end that was started in 2012 by the competition watchdog after complaints were filed by Bharat Matrimony the matchmaking website and Consumer Unity and Trust Society, which is the non-profit organization. It is not immediately clear when NCLAT plans to hear Google's appeal, but a verdict in favor of CCI can have wide-ranging implications as far as online competition is concerned.


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