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Section 88 of the Companies Act 2013: Register of Members, etc.

SECTION-88 (Register of Members, etc.) under CHAPTER-VII (Management and Administration) of the Companies Act, 2013

(1) Every company shall keep and maintain the following registers in such form and in such manner as may be prescribed, namely:—
(a) register of members indicating separately for each class of equity and preference shares held by each member residing in or outside India;
(b) register of debenture-holders; and
(c) register of any other security holders.
(2) Every register maintained under sub-section (1) shall include an index of the names included therein.

(3) The register and index of beneficial owners maintained by a depository under section 11 of the Depositories Act, 1996 (22 of 1996), shall be deemed to be the corresponding register and index for the purposes of this Act.

(4) A company may, if so authorised by its articles, keep in any country outside India, in such manner as may be prescribed, a part of the register referred to in sub-section (1), called "foreign register" containing the names and particulars of the members, debenture-holders, other security holders or beneficial owners residing outside India.

(5) If a company does not maintain a register of members or debenture-holders or other security holders or fails to maintain them in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (1) or sub-section (2), the company and every officer of the company who is in default shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than fifty thousand rupees but which may extend to three lakh rupees and where the failure is a continuing one, with a further fine which may extend to one thousand rupees for every day, after the first during which the failure continues.

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 88 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 following rule(s) of the Companies (Management and Administration) Rules, 2014 - link
  • Rule 3 - Register of members [Form No. MGT.1]
  • Rule 6 - Index of names to be included in Register
  • Rule 7 - Foreign register of members, debenture holders, other security holders or beneficial owners residing outside India [Form No. MGT.3]
[Note: Please also check further amendments to the Companies (Management and Administration) Rules, 2014]

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