NCLAT stays Competition Commission's Rs 136 cr penalty on Google in search bias case; hearing on 28 May

New Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) on Friday stayed an order of the Competition Commission of India (CCI), which had imposed a penalty of Rs 136 crore on Google for unfair business practices in the online search market.

While admitting Google's plea against the order, the NCLAT bench headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya directed the internet major to deposit 10 percent of the penalty amount with it in four weeks.

The NCLAT listed the matter for hearing on 28 May.

NCLAT stays Competition Commissions Rs 136 cr penalty on Google in search bias case; hearing on 28 May

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A Google spokesperson said: "NCLAT has accepted our appeal for review of aspects of the CCI decision and its associated findings."

The CCI in February this year had imposed a fine of Rs 136 crore on search engine major Google for unfair business practices in the Indian market for online search.

Passing the order on complaints that were filed back in 2012, the regulator said the penalty is being imposed on Google for infringing anti-trust conduct.

The penalty amount of Rs 135.86 crore translates to 5 percent of the company's average total revenue generated from India operations from its different business segments for the financial years 2013, 2014 and 2015, according to the CCI order.

The ruling has come on complaints filed by Matrimony.com and Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) -- back in 2012 -- against Google LLC, Google India Pvt Ltd and Google Ireland Ltd.

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Updated Date: Apr 27, 2018 13:51:00 IST

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