Google Gets Court Notice From Advocate For Listing PM Narendra Modi in “Top 10 Criminals In World”

NEWS, Allahabad: An Additional District Judge (ADJ) Mahtab Ahmed issued a notice to Google’s CEO, its CEO Sundar Pichai and its India head Rajan Anandan for enlisting 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.

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Although Google had apologised “for any confusion or misunderstanding” caused after Prime Minister Modi’s images started appearing in image search results for the 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.


The incident took place last year when Google showed Modi in the image search for the ‘Top 10 Criminals in the world’. Modi’s image appeared along with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, al-Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden and Hafiz Sayeed among others. This triggered a big controversy that forced Google to issue an apology later.

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.

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