New Delhi: After Indian companies accused internet giant Google of abusing its dominance in search advertising, The Competition Commission of India had been Google India for the same for three years now.
As part of its probe, 30 companies including Flipkart, Facebook, MapMyIndia, MakeMyTrip, and Nokia Here had submitted their responses to the CCI.
Based on the responses and queries, the CCI director-general last week filed a report that accuses Google of abusing its dominant position to rig search outcomes, both the actual search result as well as sponsored links.
Now, Google needs to file its response to the findings by September 10, and a week later present itself before the seven-member commission headed by Chairman Ashok Chawla.
The proceeding can go on for several hearings before the commission makes a decision, which can be challenged in the Supreme Court. If the commission finds Google guilty, it can ask the company to make changes in the way it does business.
Earlier, the European Union also had accused Google of similarly stifling competition by altering search results.