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Section 171 of the Companies Act 2013: Members’ Right to Inspect

SECTION-171 (Members’ right to inspect) under CHAPTER-XI (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) of the Companies Act, 2013

(1) The register kept under sub-section (1) of section 170,—
(a) shall be open for inspection during business hours and the members shall have a right to take extracts therefrom and copies thereof, on a request by the members, be provided to them free of cost within thirty days; and
(b) shall also be kept open for inspection at every annual general meeting of the company and shall be made accessible to any person attending the meeting.
(2) If any inspection as provided in clause (a) of sub-section (1) is refused, or if any copy required under that clause is not sent within thirty days from the date of receipt of such request, the Registrar shall on an application made to him order immediate inspection and supply of copies required thereunder.

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 171 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) Further, refer the Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Rules, 2014 (w.e.f. 1st April 2014) link
[Also check amendments, if any, to the Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Rules, 2014]

(4) Govt. Companies - MCA Notification G.S.R. 463(E) dated 5th June 2015 - link

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Chapter Number/Section number/Sub-section(s) in the Companies Act, 2013
Exceptions, Modifications and Adaptations
Chapter XI, section 171.
Shall not apply to a Government Company in which the entire share capital is held by the Central Government, or by any State Government or Governments or by the Central Government or by one or more State Governments.

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