Google’s failure to provide complete information in response to seven notices sent by the investigation arm of Competition Commission of India (CCI) resulted in its decision to impose Rs 1 crore penalty on the internet major.
While deciding to impose the fine, the fair trade watchdog CCI said that Google Inc and Google India Private Ltd failed to comply fully with various notices issued by the Director General (DG) on various occasions.
DG, the investigation arm of the fair trade regulator, is probing alleged anti-competitive practices by Google in the Indian market.
“Despite reminders and opportunities extended by the DG, the opposite parties advanced frivolous and vexatious pleas to delay and avoid compliance. It may be noted that the period of failure to comply commenced w.e.f. 26.02.2013 in terms of the first notice of the DG dated 12.02.2013 whereby the opposite parties were directed to comply with the requisitions contained therein before said date,” CCI said in its order made public.