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Google Dragged To Court For Listing PM Narendra Modi's Image In 'Top Criminals' Search

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20/07/2016 11:12 AM IST | Updated 20/07/2016 11:48 AM IST
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks about India's digital initiatives at the Google campus in Mountain View, California September 27, 2015. The Indian premier continues his Silicon Valley tour on Sunday with visits to Facebook and Google Inc headquarters before an event at the San Jose Convention Center that 18,000 people are expected to attend. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

The Allahabad district court has ordered a criminal case against US-based tech giant Google, its CEO and India head for listing Prime Minister Narendra Modi among the 'top 10 criminals in the world'.

The complaint was filed by advocate Sushil Kumar Mishra.

According to Mishra, an image of Modi appears among the results of an image search on the 'top 10 criminals of the world' on Google's search engine.

After hearing the complaint by Mishra, the Additional district judge (ADJ) Mahtab Ahmed on Monday issued a notice to Google.

The next hearing on the case will be on August 31.

Although Google had apologised "for any confusion or misunderstanding" caused after Prime Minister Modi's images started appearing in image search results for query on "Top 10 criminals in India," Mishra had moved a complaint before the Civil Lines police station in Allahabad against the tech giant.

He then wrote a letter to the company and requested it to remove Modi's image. However, the advocate claimed he received no response from the company.

However, Google had issued a press statement soon after the incident.

"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," a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

When the police didn't register a case, Mishra then moved an application before the CJM. The CJM dismissed the plea, saying it was a civil matter.

Mishra then challenged the CJM's order by filing a revision application in court.

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