An Ahmedabad court on Tuesday asked police to file a criminal complaint against search engine giant Google and its top officials in India for ‘listing PM Modi among the top 10 criminals in the world’.
This comes after on Monday Additional district judge (ADJ) Mahtab Ahmed sent out notices to Google CEO and Google India’s top official while hearing the petition filed by advocate Sushil Kumar Mishra.
Mishra had moved to the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) after police in Civil Lines police station in Allahabad refused to register a case.
But when the CJM refused to hear the case saying it was a civil matter, Mishra filed a revision petition challenging the CJM’s decision, to which the ADJ agreed to hear.
In May 2015, Google was in a controversy after an error in their algorithm showed PM Modi’s picture when one googled “Top 10 criminals in India”.
In a statement made in June, 2015 by Google, the company apologised for the error.
“These results trouble us and are not reflective of the opinions of Google. Sometimes, the way images are described on the internet can yield surprising results to specific queries. We apologise for any confusion or misunderstanding this has caused. We’re continually working to improve our algorithms to prevent unexpected results like this,” the statement released by Google read.
However, Mishra alleged that he did not get a reply for Google when he wrote to them.