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Section 399 Of Companies Act 2013: Inspection, Production & Evidence Of Documents Kept By Registrar

Corporate Law (Country: India)

SECTION-399 (Inspection, production and evidence of documents kept by Registrar) under CHAPTER-XXIV (Registration Offices and Fees) of the Companies Act, 2013


(1) Save as otherwise provided elsewhere in this Act, any person may—

(a) inspect by electronic means any documents kept by the Registrar in accordance with the rules made, being documents filed or registered by him in pursuance of this Act, or making a record of any fact required or authorised to be recorded or registered in pursuance of this Act, on payment for each inspection of such fees as may be prescribed;
(b) require a certificate of the incorporation of any company, or a copy or extract of any other document or any part of any other document to be certified by the Registrar, on payment in advance of such fees as may be prescribed:

Provided that the rights conferred by this sub-section shall be exercisable—
(i) in relation to documents delivered to the Registrar with a prospectus in pursuance of section 26, only during the fourteen days beginning with the date of publication of the prospectus; and at other times, only with the permission of the Central Government; and
(ii) in relation to documents so delivered in pursuance of clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 388, only during the fourteen days beginning with the date of the prospectus; and at other times, only with the permission of the Central Government.

(2) No process for compelling the production of any document kept by the Registrar shall issue from any court or the Tribunal except with the leave of that court or the Tribunal and any such process, if issued, shall bear thereon a statement that it is issued with the leave of the court or the Tribunal.

(3) A copy of, or extract from, any document kept and registered at any of the offices for the registration of companies under this Act, certified to be a true copy by the Registrar (whose official position it shall not be necessary to prove), shall, in all legal proceedings, be admissible in evidence as of equal validity with the original document.







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 399 [except reference of word Tribunal in sub-section (2)] of the Companies Act 2013 was notified by MCA Notification S.O. 902(E) dated 26th March 2014 (w.e.f. 1st April 2014) - link

(3) Reference of word ‘Tribunal’ in sub-section (2) of section 399 of the Companies Act, 2013 was notified by MCA Notification S.O. 1934(E) dated 1st June 2016 (w.e.f. 1st June 2016) - link

(4) Relevant rules of the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014 (w.e.f. 1st April 2014) link
  • Rule 14 - Inspection, production and evidence of documents kept by Registrar
  • Rule 15 - Inspection of documents
Note: Please check MCA site for any further amendments to the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014.


(5) The Central Government has delegated the powers and functions vested in it under clause (i) of the proviso to sub-section (1) of section 399 to the Regional Directors vide MCA Notification S.O. 4090 (E) dated 19th December, 2016 - link






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