Google has faced antitrust charges in India that it unfairly promoted its own mobile payment service, and India’s antitrust agency is evaluating the complaint. In February, rivals filed a complaint with the Indian government alleging that Google’s prominent display of its mobile payment app, Google Pay, in India’s Android app, gave google an unfair advantage in the competition and hurt consumers, according to people familiar with the matter.
Google has not responded to a request for comment. But the Indian Competition Commission (CCI), India’s antitrust regulator, informed Google of the case a few days ago and google would respond in due course, according to two people familiar with the matter.
A senior CCI official is currently evaluating the complaint, one of the people said. Typically, Google appears before regulators (questioned) and then the regulator decides on future action.
THE CCI may direct its investigative department to conduct a broader investigation into the allegations, but may dismiss the case if it is found to be false. CCI is currently under consideration, according to people familiar with the matter. CCI has not responded to a request for comment.
This is Google’s third antitrust challenge in India. In 2018, CCI fined Google $21 million for “search bias.” Google subsequently appealed, and the appeal has not yet been decided.
Last June, a CCI investigation also found that Google appeared to be abusing its dominance in India, reducing device makers’ ability to choose alternativeversions to Android mobile operating systems.
About 98 per cent of India’s 490m smartphones use Google’s Android platform, according to Research Research.