Section 124 of the Companies Act, 2013 and other provisions of laws mandates credits of certain amounts to the Investor Education and Protection Fund (IEPF). Rule 5 of the Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority (Accounting, Audit, Transfer and Refund) Rules, 2016 prescribe the manner of such credit.  The procedure is now amended with effect from 20th August 2019. We will discuss the updated process which is more logical and easy to comply.

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Since the introduction of Investor Education and Protection Fund (IEPF) in the year 2001, I have a keen interest in the law related to investor protection, particularly under the Companies Law. Presently, one of the significant but neglected features of the IPEF Rules is the definition of the Company. The definition has been amended several times to keep track of silent changes of several laws without much notice of the stakeholder.

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On 31st July 2019, the Companies Amendment Act, 2019 was notified. The Companies Amendment Act, 2017 is still being implemented. Earlier, the Notification S.O. 2269 (E) dated 1st July 2019 appointed 15th August 2019 as the date on which the provisions of section 81 of the said Act shall come into force. Accordingly, on this 15th August 2019, Section 406 of the Companies Act, 2013 stand replaced by another old school enactment of the law. Brief Discussion on U-turns.

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The Monday 5th August 2019 witnessed a powerful and joyful celebration of Indian Unity and also an unfortunate revelation of various misconceptions of minds of thousands of Indians. Social media witnessed the flow of social and legal bias established by the most lethal weapon of human history – the half-knowledge. Soon, overflowing sentiments overpowered the knowledge, understanding and interpretation even of well dignified professional minds.

A section of professionals claimed that the Indian Companies Act, 2013 shall now be applicable to state (now Union Territory) of Jammu and Kashmir. Strange!!

We will try to remove the misconception of mind here.

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To bring 12th Amendment to the Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Rules, 2014, Ministry of Corporate Affairs on 25th Day of July 2019 notified the Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Third Amendment Rules, 2019 [Notification No. by GSR528(E)]. This amendment introduced a new Form DIR – 3 – KYC – WEB for annual confirmation of KYC submitted earlier. We, in this post, will discuss new provisions along with the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014.

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Provident Fund/ Pension/ Gratuity is not part of Liquidation Estate

Guest Post: Adv. Nitin Kumar Kaushik (Kaushik Insolvency Professionals)

Numbers of Insolvency Professionals or Liquidators are facing the problem with respect to whether the Provident Fund/Pension Fund/Gratuity Fund is part of liquidation estate or not under Section 36 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 “IBC”. Generally, what happens, the Company had deducted the amount, in the form of provident fund or pension fund or gratuity amount, from the salary of the employee/workmen and then did not deposited or failed to deposit in the account of Employees Provident Fund Organisation “EPFO” or Pension Fund Organisation “PFO”. Thereafter, the government department i.e., EPFO or PFO attached the property of the Corporate Debtor in respect of dues of provident fund or pension fund or gratuity amount on the Corporate Debtor, even the attached property already mortgaged with any of the financial institutions or not.

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To file or not to file NFRA – 1 still a puzzle. It seems thumb rule, if you as body corporate file Form ADT-1, do not file NFRA – 1. We will try to understand the NFRA Rules, 2018, NFRA FAQs and the Form NFRA – 1.

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