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"We disagree with aspects of the CCI's decision, so we have filed an appeal and sought a stay on those findings", a Google spokesperson told IANS.

In February, India's CCI or Competition Commission of India imposed a fine of 1.36 billion rupees equal to $20.95 million on Google.

Internet search giant Google has filed an appeal at the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) against a judgement by the Competition Commission of India (CCI), which found the U.S. firm guilty of "search bias".

The CCI passed an order after a seven-year-long investigation brought to light that Google had been deliberately steering flight-related queries towards its own specialized flight search page rather than to competing websites.

Google, which is the core unit for Alphabet, based in the US, has not responded to requests made for comment.

A Google spokesperson at the time had said the company was reviewing the "narrow concerns" identified by the Commission and will assess its next steps.

"The CCI has confirmed that on the majority of issues it examined, our conduct complies with Indian competition laws".

Since Google has appealed the judgement, it could be until sometime in 2018 before the final outcome its determined. Google did not comment on that development. An unnamed CCI representative said that its judgment was "robust" and that the competition watchdog plans to defend its verdict at the NCLAT.

While the CCI had favoured Google in nine out of twelve counts, the watchdog ruled that the company had abused its dominance in search rankings before 2010, had prioritised its Google Flights service over other aggregators and had asked publishers to exclude its competitors in its agreements with them.

The CCI said it imposed the fine after taking into account Google's revenue from its India operations only.

The appeal filed by will be the latest anti-trust headache for Google, which remains mired in similar cases elsewhere in the world. Google has appealed against the verdict.

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