valid as on 13/11/2018

Section 464. Prohibition of association or partnership of persons exceeding certain number
Effective from 01-04-2014

(1) No association or partnership consisting of more than such number of persons  shall be formed for the purpose of carrying on any business that has for its object the acquisition of gain by the association or partnership or by the individual thereof, unless it is registered as a company under this Act or is formed under any other law for the time being in force:

Provided that the number of persons which under this sub-section shall not exceed one hundred.

(2) Nothing in sub-section (1) shall apply to—

(a) a Hindu undivided family carrying on any business; or
(b) an association or partnership, if it is formed by professionals who are governed by special Acts.

(3) Every member of an association or partnership carrying on business in contravention of sub-section (1) shall be punishable with fine which may extend to one lakh rupees and shall also be personally liable for all liabilities incurred in such business.

Refer Rule 10 of Companies(Miscellaneous)Rules,2014.To view the rule,Click Here
2(55) Member, in relation to a company, means—

(i) the subscriber to the memorandum of the company who shall be deemed to have agreed to become member of the company, and on its registration, shall be entered as member in its register of members;

(ii) every other person who agrees in writing to become a member of the company and whose name is entered in the register of members of the company;

(iii) every person holding shares of the company and whose name is entered as a beneficial owner in the records of a depository

Refer Rule 10 of Companies(Miscellaneous)Rules,2014.To view the rule,Click Here

29.2.10- Companies (Miscellaneous) Rules, 2014

10. Association or partnership of persons exceeding certain number. –

No association or partnership shall be formed, consisting of more than fifty persons for the purpose of carrying on any business that has for its objects the acquisition of gain by the association or partnership or by individual members thereof, unless it is registered as a company under the Act or is formed under any other law for the time being in force.


Enforcement Notification S.O. 902(E) dated 26/03/2014


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