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India: Google appeals US$20m fine

 |  April 10, 2018

Search giant Google has decided to appeal against a judgement from India’s competition watchdog that found it guilty of “search bias.” The company has now filed an appeal with the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), reports Reuters.

The report quotes sources claiming that Google filed the appeal with NCLAT on Monday, April 9. The appeal comes after the Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a fine of Rs 1.36 billion (US$20.95 million) on the search giant back in February. The top watchdog said Google abused its dominance in the online web search, and online search advertising markets. Google has not directly offered a comment on its appeal.

However, a CCI official has said that its judgement was “robust”, and it plans to defend its verdict at the NCLAT. “Google was found to be indulging in practices of search bias and by doing so, it causes harm to its competitors as well as to users,” the CCI said in its 190-page judgment.

Full Content: Reuters

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