valid as on 05/12/2019

Section 212. Investigation into affairs of Company by Serious Fraud Investigation Office
Effective from 01-04-2014, font in green from 24-08-2017

(1) Without prejudice to the provisions of section 210, where the Central Government is of the opinion, that it is necessary to investigate into the affairs of a company by the

(a) on receipt of a report of the or inspector under section 208;

(b) on intimation of a special resolution passed by a  that its affairs are required to be investigated;

(c) in the public interest; or

(d) on request from any Department of the Central Government or a State Government, the Central Government may, by order, assign the investigation into the affairs of the said company to the Serious Fraud Investigation Office and its  , may designate such number of inspectors, as he may consider necessary for the purpose of such investigation.

(2) Where any case has been assigned by the Central Government to the Serious Fraud Investigation Office for investigation under this Act, no other investigating agency of Central Government or any State Government shall proceed with investigation in such case in respect of any offence under this Act and in case any such investigation has already been initiated, it shall not be proceeded further with and the concerned agency shall transfer the relevant documents and records in respect of such offences under this Act to Serious Fraud Investigation Office.

(3) Where the investigation into the affairs of a company has been assigned by the Central Government to Serious Fraud Investigation Office, it shall conduct the investigation in the manner and follow the procedure provided in this Chapter; and submit its report to the Central Government within such period as may be specified in the order.

(4) The Director, Serious Fraud Investigation Office shall cause the affairs of the company to be investigated by an Investigating Officer who shall have the power of the inspector under section 217.

(5) The company and its and employees, who are or have been in employment of the company shall be responsible to provide all information, explanation, documents and assistance to the Investigating Officer as he may require for conduct of the investigation.

(6) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, the offences covered under sub-sections (5) and (6) of section 7, section 34, section 36, subsection (1) of section 38, sub-section (5) of section 46, sub-section (7) of section 56, subsection (10) of section 66, sub-section (5) of section 140, sub-section (4) of section 206, section 213, section 229, sub-section (1) of section 251, sub-section (3) of section 339 and section 448 which attract the punishment for fraud provided in section 447 of this Act shall be cognizable and no person accused of any offence under those sections shall be released on bail or on his own bond unless—

(i) the Public Prosecutor has been given an opportunity to oppose the application for such release; and

(ii) where the Public Prosecutor opposes the application, the court is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for believing that he is not guilty of such offence and that he is not likely to commit any offence while on bail:

Provided that a person, who, is under the age of sixteen years or is a woman or is sick or infirm, may be released on bail, if the Special Court so directs:

Provided further that the Special Court shall not take cognizance of any offence referred to this sub-section except upon a complaint in writing made by—

(i) the Director, Serious Fraud Investigation Office; or

(ii) any officer of the Central Government authorised, by a general or special order in writing in this behalf by that Government.

(7) The limitation on granting of bail specified in sub-section (6) is in addition to the limitations under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 or any other law for the time being in force on granting of bail.

(8 If the Director, Additional Director or Assistant Director of Serious Fraud Investigation Office authorised in this behalf by the Central Government by general or special order, has on the basis of material in his possession reason to believe (the reason for such belief to be recorded in writing) that any person has been guilty of any offence punishable under sections referred to in sub-section (6)he may  and shall, as soon as may be, inform him of the grounds for such arrest.

(9)  The Director, Additional Director or Assistant Director of Serious Fraud Investigation Office shall, immediately after arrest of such person under sub-section (8), forward a copy of the order, along with the material in his possession, referred to in that sub-section, to the Serious Fraud Investigation Office in a sealed envelope, in such manner  and the Serious Fraud Investigation Office shall keep such order and material for such period .

(10) Every person arrested under sub-section (8) shall within twenty-four hours, be taken to a  Judical Magistrate or a Metropolitan Magistrate, as the case may be, having jurisdiction:

Provided that the period of twenty-four hours shall exclude the time necessary for the journey from the place of arrest to the  Magistrate’s court.

(11) The Central Government if so directs, the Serious Fraud Investigation Office shall submit an interim report to the Central Government.

(12) On completion of the investigation, the Serious Fraud Investigation Office shall submit the investigation report to the Central Government.

(13) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act or in any other law for the time being in force, a copy of the investigation report may be obtained by any person concerned by making an application in this regard to the court.

(14) On receipt of the investigation report, the Central Government may, after examination of the report (and after taking such legal advice, as it may think fit), direct the Serious Fraud Investigation Office to initiate prosecution against the company and its officers or employees, who are or have been in employment of the company or any other person directly or indirectly connected with the affairs of the company.

 Where the report under sub-section (11) or sub-section (12) states that fraud has taken place in a company and due to such fraud any director, key managerial personnel, other officer of the company or any other person or entity, has taken undue advantage or benefit, whether in the form of any asset, property or cash or in any other manner, the Central Government may file an application before the Tribunal for appropriate orders with regard to disgorgement of such asset, property or cash and also for holding such director, key managerial personnel, other officer or any other person liable personally without any limitation of liability.

(15) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act or in any other law for the time being in force, the investigation report filed with the Special Court for framing of charges shall be deemed to be a report filed by a police officer under section 173 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.

(16) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, any investigation or other action taken or initiated by Serious Fraud Investigation Office under the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 shall continue to be proceeded with under that Act as if this Act had not been passed.

(17) (a) In case Serious Fraud Investigation Office has been investigating any offence under this Act, any other investigating agency, State Government, police authority, income-tax authorities having any information or documents in respect of such offence shall provide all such information or documents available with it to the Serious Fraud Investigation Office;

(b) The Serious Fraud Investigation Office shall share any information or documents available with it, with any investigating agency, State Government, police authority or incometax authorities, which may be relevant or useful for such investigating agency, State Government, police authority or income-tax authorities in respect of any offence or matter being investigated or examined by it under any other law.

2(83) Serious Fraud Investigation Office means the office referred to in section 211
2(75) Registrar means a Registrar, an Additional Registrar, a Joint Registrar, a Deputy Registrar or an Assistant Registrar, having the duty of registering companies and discharging various functions under this Act
2(20) Company means a company incorporated under this Act or under any previous company law
2(34) Director means a director appointed to the Board of a company
2(59) Officer includes any director, manager or key managerial personnel or any person in accordance with whose directions or instructions the Board of Directors or any one or more of the directors is or are accustomed to act
substituted by the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2015 (21 of 2015), notified on 26th May, 2015, with effect from 29th May 2015 vide notification S.O. 1440(E).To view the notification,Click Here
Substituted vide the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2019 dated 31.07.2019 w.e.f., 15.08.2019. To view the Amendment Act, Click Here. To view the commencement Notification, Click Here.
Refer rule 2, 3 Companies (Arrests in connection with Investigation by serious Fraud Investigation Office) Rules, 2017. To view the rule,Click Here
Substituted vide the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2019 dated 31.07.2019 w.e.f., 15.08.2019. To view the Amendment Act, Click Here. To view the commencement Notification, Click Here.
Refer rule 4 to 9 Companies (Arrests in connection with Investigation by serious Fraud Investigation Office) Rules, 2017. To view the rule,Click Here
Refer rule 8 Companies (Arrests in connection with Investigation by serious Fraud Investigation Office) Rules, 2017. To view the rule,Click Here
Substituted vide the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2019 dated 31.07.2019 w.e.f., 15.08.2019. To view the Amendment Act, Click Here. To view the commencement Notification, Click Here.
Substituted vide the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2019 dated 31.07.2019 w.e.f., 15.08.2019. To view the Amendment Act, Click Here. To view the commencement Notification, Click Here.
Inserted vide the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2019 dated 31.07.2019 w.e.f., w.e.f., 15.08.2019. To view the Amendment Act, Click Here. To view the commencement Notification, Click Here.

14.2.2-Companies (Arrests in connection with Investigation by Serious Fraud Investigation Office) Rules, 2017

2. (1) where the Director, Additional Director or Assistant Director of the Serious Fraud Investigation office (herein after referred to as SFIO) investigating into the affairs of a company other than a Government company or foreign company has, on the basis of material in his possession, reason to believe (the reason for such belief to be recorded in writing) that any person has been guilty of any offence punishable under section 2L2of the Act, he may arrest such person;

Provided that in case of an arrest being made by Additional Director or Assistant Director, the prior written approval of the Director SFIO shall be obtained.

(2) The Director sFIo shall be the competent authority for all decisions pertaining to arrest.


14.2.3-Companies (Arrests in connection with Investigation by Serious Fraud Investigation Office) Rules, 2017

3. Where an arrest of a person is to be made in connection with a Government company or a foreign company under investigation, such arrest shall be made with prior written approval of the Central Government.

Provided that the intimation of such arrest shall also be given to the Managing Director or the person in-charge of the affairs of the Government Company and where the person arrested is the Managing Director or person in-charge of the Government Company, to the Secretary of the administrative ministry concerned, by the arresting officer.


14.2.4-Companies (Arrests in connection with Investigation by Serious Fraud Investigation Office) Rules, 2017

4. The Director, Additional Director or Assistant Director, while exercising powers under sub-section (B) of section 2L2 of the Act, shall sign the together with personal search memo in the Form appended to these rules and shall serve it on the arrestee and obtain written acknowledgement of service.

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14.2.5-Companies (Arrests in connection with Investigation by Serious Fraud Investigation Office) Rules, 2017

5. The Director, Additional Director or Assistant Director shall forward a copy of the along with the material in his possession and all the other documents including personal search memo to the office of Director, SFIO in a sealed envelope with a forwarding letter after signing on each page of these documents, so as to reach the office of the Director, SFIO within twenty four hours through the quickest possible means.

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14.2.6-Companies (Arrests in connection with Investigation by Serious Fraud Investigation Office) Rules, 2017

6. An arrest register shall be maintained in the office of Director, SFIO and the Director or any officer nominated by Director shall ensure that entries with regard to particulars of the arrestee, date and time of arrest and other relevant information pertaining to the arrest are made in the arrest register in respect of all arrests made by the arresting officers.


14.2.7-Companies (Arrests in connection with Investigation by Serious Fraud Investigation Office) Rules, 2017

7. The entry regarding arrest of the person and information given to such person shall be made in the arrest register immediately on receipt of the documents as specified under rule 5 in the arrest register maintained by the SFIO office.


14.2.8-Companies (Arrests in connection with Investigation by Serious Fraud Investigation Office) Rules, 2017

8. The office of Director, SFIO shall preserve the copy of arrest order together with supporting materials for a period of five years

a) from the date of judgment or final order of the Trial court, in cases where the said judgment has not been impugned in the appellate court; or

b) from the date of disposal of the matter before the final appellate court, in cases where the said judgment or final order has been impugned, whichever is later.


14.2.9-Companies (Arrests in connection with Investigation by Serious Fraud Investigation Office) Rules, 2017

9. The provisions of the code of criminal Procedure, 1973(2 of 1974), relating to arrest shall be applied mutatis mutandis to every arrest made under this Act.


Enforcement Notification dated 24/08/2017


Enforcement Notification S.O. 1440(E) dated 29/05/2016


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


Notification regarding Commencement of certain sections of the companies (Amendment) Act, 2019 dated 14.08.2019 w.e.f., 15.08.2019


The Companies (Amendment) Act, 2019 dated 31.07.2019


The Companies (Amendment) Act,2015

 


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