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Section 38 of the Companies Act 2013: Punishment for Personation for Acquisition, etc., of Securities

SECTION-38 (Punishment for Personation for Acquisition, etc., of Securities) under PART-I (Public Offer) of CHAPTER-III (Prospectus and Allotment of Securities) of the Companies Act, 2013

(1) Any person who—
(a) makes or abets making of an application in a fictitious name to a company for acquiring, or subscribing for, its securities; or
(b) makes or abets making of multiple applications to a company in different names or in different combinations of his name or surname for acquiring or subscribing for its securities; or
(c) otherwise induces directly or indirectly a company to allot, or register any transfer of, securities to him, or to any other person in a fictitious name,
shall be liable for action under section 447.

(2) The provisions of sub-section (1) shall be prominently reproduced in every prospectus issued by a company and in every form of application for securities.

(3) Where a person has been convicted under this section, the Court may also order disgorgement of gain, if any, made by, and seizure and disposal of the securities in possession of, such person.

(4) The amount received through disgorgement or disposal of securities under sub-section (3) shall be credited to the Investor Education and Protection Fund.





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 38 of the Companies Act 2013 was notified by MCA Notification S.O. 2754(E) dated 12th September 2013 (w.e.f. 12th September 2013) - link





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