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CCI awaiting probe report on Google says government

The fair trade regulator had ordered a probe against internet major Google for alleged abuse of its dominant position in the online search advertising space.

twitter-logoPTI | August 8, 2014 | Updated 16:57 IST
Google has allegedly been abusing its dominant position in the online search advertising space
Google has allegedly been abusing its dominant position in the online search advertising space. (Photo: Reuters)

Competition Commission, which has ordered a probe into alleged unfair business ways of Internet giant Google, is awaiting report from its investigation arm.

"The Competition Commission of India (CCI), on receipt of information of alleged abuse of dominance by Google, has directed Director General, CCI to investigate the matter," Minister of State for Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply.

"Investigation report in the matter is awaited," the minister added.

The fair trade regulator had ordered a probe against internet major Google for alleged abuse of its dominant position in the online search advertising space.

Google has also come under the scanner of competition watchdogs in other countries as well.

To a separate question on National Company Law Tribunal and the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal, the minister said that the formation of the two bodies "has been kept in abeyance on account of a legal challenge in the Supreme Court to certain provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 relating to the constitution and composition of these bodies.

The detailed procedure for transfer of pending cases will be finalised by the NCLT after it is established," she added.

Separately, Sitharaman also informed the House that under the new Companies Law, board of directors of a firm may contribute to bona fide and charitable funds and other funds.

"However, prior permission of the company in general meeting is required for such contribution in case any amount the aggregate of which, in any financial year, exceeds 5 per cent of its average net profits for the three immediately preceding financial year," she said.

Additionally, the minister said that any such contribution made by the company has to be reflected in its accounts.

"Government has not received any suggestion from any quarter to change this standard accounting practice," Sitharaman said.

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