Google Accuses CCI of Protecting Amazon by Ordering Changes to Its Business Model

Internet search engine Google has accused the Competition Commission of India (CCI) of ordering Google to change its business model to protect its rival Amazon. Amazon complained that it was facing difficulties in developing a separate version of the Android system due to the restrictions imposed by Google.

Google had urged the Supreme Court to set aside the CCI order asking the company to make 10 changes in its business model. The CCI had found in its investigation that the company was misusing its dominant position in the Android operating system market. About 97 percent of the smartphones in the country run on Android. Google’s filing in the Supreme Court shows that the company has raised strong objections to the way CCI is investigating Android. In a petition filed with a tribunal late last year, Google had said that CCI officials had copied parts of a judgment in Europe in a similar case against the company.

In October last year, the CCI had imposed a fine of about $161 million on Alphabet, the US company that runs Google, for misusing its dominant position in the Android market. The CCI also asked the company to change the way it markets its Android system. The CCI had directed the company not to impose any condition which is unfair or discriminatory to the app developers.

Recently, Shark Tank India judge and businessman Anupam Mittal termed Google’s billing system as “illegal” and termed it as ‘Digital East India Company’. He had said that Google has violated the laws of the country. Along with this, Mittal had hoped that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) would pay attention to this issue. Minister of State for Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar said in an interview to Reuters that such cases are serious and the central government is worried about it. Action will be taken against Google.

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