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Section 340 Of The Companies Act 2013: Power of Tribunal To Assess Damages Against Delinquent Directors, Etc

SECTION-340 (Power of Tribunal to assess damages against delinquent directors, etc) under CHAPTER-XX (Winding Up) of the Companies Act, 2013

(1) If in the course of winding up of a company, it appears that any person who has taken part in the promotion or formation of the company, or any person, who is or has been a director, manager, Company Liquidator or officer of the company—

(a) has misapplied, or retained, or become liable or accountable for, any money or property of the company; or
(b) has been guilty of any misfeasance or breach of trust in relation to the company,
the Tribunal may, on the application of the Official Liquidator, or the Company Liquidator, or of any creditor or contributory, made within the period specified in that behalf in sub-section (2), inquire into the conduct of the person, director, manager, Company Liquidator or officer aforesaid, and order him to repay or restore the money or property or any part thereof respectively, with interest at such rate as the Tribunal considers just and proper, or to contribute such sum to the assets of the company by way of compensation in respect of the misapplication, retainer, misfeasance or breach of trust, as the Tribunal considers just and proper.

(2) An application under sub-section (1)shall be made within five years from the date of the winding up order, or of the first appointment of the Company Liquidator in the winding up, or of the misapplication, retainer, misfeasance or breach of trust, as the case may be, whichever is longer.

(3) This section shall apply, notwithstanding that the matter is one for which the person concerned may be criminally liable.








Extra Notes for Readers

(1) The Companies Act, 2013 received the assent of the President on the 29th August, 2013 (Published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II - Section 1 by Ministry of Law and Justice, Legislative Department on 30th August, 2013) - link


(2) Section 340 of the Companies Act 2013 was notified by MCA Notification S.O. 3677(E) dated 7th December 2016 (w.e.f. 15th December 2016) - link

(3) Section 340 of the Companies Act 2013 was notified (to the extent of their applicability for section 246) by MCA Notification S.O. 2912(E) dated 9th September, 2016 - link

(4) The Companies (Winding Up) Rules, 2013 is yet to be notified.









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