14 August 2012 at 11:19 BST

Competition regulator probes Google

India's Competition Commission (CCI) has launched an investigation into Californian search engine giant Google following allegations of anti-competitive practices in the country.

Under microscope of Indian competition regulator

According to a report by The Times of India, minister of state for corporate affairs RPN Singh wrote in a statement to parliament that he received information that Google had contravened section four of the 2002 Competition Act. The section concerns the abuse of a dominant position in the market.

Abuse of dominance

‘The CCI, which is a quasi-judicial regulator body, has ordered an investigation in the matter,’ Mr Singh said following a complaint filed by the non-governmental research organisation, Consumer Unity & Trust Society International. In February, according to the report, local matchmaking web site Bharat Matrimony also filed a complaint against Google alleging it abused its dominance by engaging in discriminatory and retaliatory practices relating to Google’s main source of advertising revenue, AdWords.
According to the Reuters news agency, Google spokeswoman Paroma Roy Chowdhury said the company was co-operating with the competition authorities. ‘We're confident that our products are compliant with competition law in India,’ she said.


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