The Indian government on Wednesday formally asked Google to remove all advertisements from its search engine.
The move comes after a week of protests that saw hundreds of thousands of people, many from the far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), flood into the Indian capital, Delhi.
The government said in a statement that it will “not allow any company to exploit its monopoly of search engine to influence or distort Indian politics, business and society.”
The government is also expected to seek injunctions against the use of Google ads for political campaigning.
India is a country where there are no reliable alternatives to the major search engines.
Many users rely on the websites of major Indian companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon to find information, such as health and weather.
Google, which offers services like maps and search, is often accused of being a “monopoly” and “monopolizer” in India, and of paying little or no taxes.