US antitrust move to fire up India’s Google investigations

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Following the US government’s decision to file an antirust lawsuit against the internet behemoth (The lawsuit stated that google acted unlawfully to maintain its dominant position in search and advertising on the internet), Indian start-up founders calls for deeper scrutiny into Google’s India Business.

Indian start-up founders have approached the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and ministry of electronics and IT, complaining about Google’s unfair practices:
- “The US lawsuit strengthens our case against google,” said Murugavel Jankiraman, founder of Bharat Matrimony, one of the internet firms that complained to CCI against Google’s new mandate to charge 30% commission on all in-app purchases.
- “Google’s Android and Play Store dominance in India gives them even more arbitrary powers and clout in India’s Business”, Vijay Sekhar Sharma (Paytm founder) tweeted.

CCI will keep a track of the US lawsuit and gain knowledge from the US Federal Trade Commission through the International Competition Network (ICN). This will give them insight to lead their investigation and would allow to analyse at data monopolies. Swadeshi Jagran Manch, the economic wing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, asked the PM to take action against Google. “Google is same everywhere. This is a threat to Indian startups and businesses”, said Ashwani Mahajan, National co-convenor, SJM.