SECTION-397 (Admissibility of certain documents as evidence) under CHAPTER-XXIV (Registration Offices and Fees) of the Companies Act, 2013
Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, any document reproducing or derived from returns and documents filed by a company with the Registrar on paper or in electronic form or stored on any electronic data storage device or computer readable media by the Registrar, and authenticated by the Registrar or any other officer empowered by the Central Government in such manner as may be prescribed, shall be deemed to be a document for the purposes of this Act and the rules made thereunder and shall be admissible in any proceedings thereunder without further proof or production of the original as evidence of any contents of the original or of any fact stated therein of which direct evidence is admissible.
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 397 of the Companies Act 2013 was notified by MCA Notification S.O. 902(E) dated 26th March 2014 (w.e.f. 1st April 2014)
(3) Also refer the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014 (w.e.f. 1st April 2014)
Note: Please check MCA site for any further amendments to the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014.
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