An anti-trust probe in to the search engine giant Google’s online advertising practices. The probe has been launched by the Competition Commission of India on May 7, 2012 after deepening its legal woes in India.
The secretary of the commission, SL Bunker said, “The probe would take at least a couple of months to complete and was in response to a complaint from match-making website Bharatmatrimony.com.” Bunker added that they are investigating Google and that the matrimonial website has filed information which is being investigated to see if it can be verified.
In the month of February media reports said that Bharatmatrimony.com complained that Google abused its dominance by engaging in discriminatory and retaliatory practices relating to AdWords. A statement from the company said, “We have requested the Commission to investigate Google’s practices and impose remedial measures to protect competition”.
On the other hand a spokesperson from Google said that they did not receive any communication over the matter and declined to comment further. The Competition Commission of India has the power to impose fines on the companies which are found guilty of violating the competition law. Moreover, Google has been named among the 18 other internet firms for obscene content in a criminal case.