A UP court on Tuesday directed registration of a criminal case against search engine giant Google and its top officials for listing Prime Minister Narendra Modi among the top 10 criminals in the world.
The Allahabad district court issued notice to Google’s chief executive officer Sundar Pichai and its India head on a complaint filed by advocate Sushil Kumar Mishra. The court will now hear the case on August 31.
Mishra, in his complaint, argued that Modi's image appeared among the results of an image search on the 'top 10 criminals of the world' on Google. He said though he had written a letter to the California-based company, he received no response.
Mishra had first moved the Chief Judicial Magistrate court which rejected his petition saying that it was a civil matter.
Modi's image in the search alongside images of terrorists, murderers and dictators had created a social media storm last year prompting the tech giant to issue an apology. Google, in a statement, had said that its search function worked on algorithms and that it was trying to improve them.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, lawyer Ram Jethmalani, fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt were also figured in the top criminals list.