CCI issues demand notices to Google to recover Rs 2,274-crore fine

Notices come after tech giant did not pay up

The demand notices come after the IT major did not pay up within the stipulated time frame. Photo unsplash

The Competition Commission of India has issued demand notices to tech giant Google to recover the penalties it had slapped over its alleged anti-competitive practices, media reports said.

The demand notices come after the IT major did not pay up within the stipulated time frame, news agency PTI and the Economic Times newspaper reported quoting sources.

Google’s appeal before the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), challenging the CCI’s October orders, is pending.There’s no immediate response from Google on the notice.

CCI’s Notice

In October, the CCI in two separate orders imposed a total of Rs 2,274 crore on Google over alleged unfair trade practices and abusing its dominant position in the market in connection with its Android system and Play Store policies, the Indian Printer and Publisher had earlier reported.

The order imposing a fine of Rs 1337.76 crore was issued on 20 October and the other Rs 936.44 crore notice was sent on 25 October. Google was directed to pay up within 60 days of receiving the order.

Indian news publishers have also moved CCI against Google, accusing it of forcing them to accept unfair conditions.


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