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Sec 342 Companies Act 2013: Prosecution- Delinquent Co. Officers/Members

SECTION-342 (Prosecution of delinquent officers and members of company) under CHAPTER-XX (Winding Up) of the Companies Act, 2013

(1) If it appears to the Tribunal in the course of a winding up by the Tribunal, that any person, who is or has been an officer, or any member, of the company has been guilty of any offence in relation to the company, the Tribunal may, either on the application of any person interested in the winding up or suo motu, direct the liquidator to prosecute the offender or to refer the matter to the Registrar.
(2) [Omitted]

(3) [Omitted]

(4) [Omitted]

(5) When any prosecution is instituted under this section, it shall be the duty of the liquidator and of every person, who is or has been an officer and agent of the company to give all assistance in connection with the prosecution which he is reasonably able to give.

Explanation.—For the purposes of this sub-section, the expression “agent”, in relation to a company, shall include any banker or legal adviser of the company and any person employed by the company as auditor.

(6) If a person fails or neglects to give assistance required by sub-section (5), he shall be liable to pay fine which shall not be less than twenty-five thousand rupees but which may extend to one lakh rupees.

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).

(2) Section 342 of the Companies Act 2013 was notified by MCA Notification S.O. 3677(E) dated 7th December 2016 (w.e.f. 15th December 2016).

(3) Section 342 of the Companies Act 2013 was modified in accordance with the section 255 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 as under :
"In section 342, sub-sections (2), (3) and (4) shall be omitted."

MCA has notified section 255 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 vide notification no. S.O. 3453(E) dated 15th November 2016 (w.e.f. 15th November 2016).

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