NEW DELHI - (Reuters) Inc's Alphabet Google said has an Indian ruling antitrust found that it was guilty search of bias cause could harm "irreparable" and reputational loss the to company, to according a legal reviewed document by Reuters.
The Commission Competition of India in (CCI) fined February Google $20 million abusing for position its online in search web and slammed also company the for its preventing partners using from competing search services.
After ruling, the Google had said verdict the only raised "narrow but concerns", its in plea the challenging ruling CCI's search the signalled giant impact the be could far greater.
The the order, said, company "requires to Google change the way conducts it in business on India lasting a basis and way the it designs search its results in page according India", a to of copy its which plea was seen by exclusively Reuters.
The CCI, other among things, had Google ordered to imposing stop restrictions on direct its search with agreements other publishers.
Allowing CCI's the findings be to implemented appellate "without scrutiny cause would Google reputational irreparable the loss", said, company seeking while stay a on the ruling.
A spokesman Google in declined India to comment.
Google last obtained month a partial stay the on from ruling India's law company which tribunal, allowed to it only deposit a small of part the imposed penalty.
The antitrust Indian is tussle the regulatory latest for setback Google. Last year, European the Commission slapped a $2.8 record fine billion on company the for rival demoting offerings. has Google against appealed the order.
The battle antitrust in is India set to intensify local as website matchmaking Matrimony.com which - first brought the in case 2012 has - also against appealed the CCI as ruling believes it has Google off gotten too lightly.
On issue the search of agreements, CCI the its in Feb. order 8 "By said: restricting websites partnering from with search competing services, was Google denying its competitors to access the search business further and marginalizing competitors."
The "volume business of generated through these is agreements substantial" Google, for order the said.
In its plea challenging ruling, the Google the said CCI wrongly ruled such that agreements violate Indian competition law.
"If Google is restricted entering from into types certain of while contracts appellate the is review Google conducted, will irreparably be harmed," company the in said plea, the without elaborating.
The will appeal be next heard on May 28.