valid as on 16/10/2019

Section 21.Authentication of documents, proceedings and contracts.
Effective from 12-09-2013

Save as otherwise provided in this Act,—

(a) a  or proceeding requiring authentication by a company; or

(b) contracts made by or on behalf of a company,

may be signed by any  or an officer   of the company duly authorised by the Board in this behalf.

2(36) Document includes summons, notice, requisition, order, declaration, form and register, whether issued, sent or kept in pursuance of this Act or under any other law for the time being in force or otherwise, maintained on paper or in electronic form
2(51) Key Managerial Personnel, in relation to a company, means—

(i) the Chief Executive Officer or the managing director or the manager;

(ii) the company secretary;

(iii) the whole-time director;

(iv) the Chief Financial Officer;

(v) such other officer, not more than one level below the directors who is in whole-time employment, designated as key managerial personnel by the Board; and

(vi) such other officer as may be prescribed;

  1. Substituted vide Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 dated 03.01.2018 effective from 09.02.2018. To view the notification,Click Here
  2.  for IFSC Private and IFSC Public company to be read as “an officer or any other person” vide GSR 8(E) and GSR 9(E). To view the notification Click Here 

Commencement Notification dated 09.02.2018


Enforcement notification S.O.2754 (E) dated 12/09/2013


Exemption to Specified IFSC Private company [GSR 09(E)] dated 04/01/2017


Exemption to Specified IFSC Public company [GSR 08(E)] dated 04/01/2017


The Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 (Effective from 03.01.2018)


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