India antitrust body starts probe on Google
NEW DELHI, Aug 13 — India’s antitrust regulator has launched a probe against Google Inc over alleged anti-competitive practices by the US Internet search giant, following a complaint by a consumer advocacy group, a federal minister said today.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has received information about contravention of an Indian competition rule by Google, R.P.N. Singh, minister of state for corporate affairs, told lawmakers in a written reply to a question, according to a government statement.
The statement did not give further details.
Google spokeswoman Paroma Roy Chowdhury said the company was cooperating with the CCI.
“We’re confident that our products are compliant with competition law in India,” she said in a statement.
India’s newly assertive CCI, a quasi-judicial regulatory body, earlier this year handed record fines of more than a US$1 billion (RM3.2 billion) to 12 of the country’s biggest cement companies and is also investigating anti-competitive practices among carmakers. — Reuters