Foundations of all great buildings are usually a neglected construction but ensuring long life of the building. Subscription Sheet is one of the neglected areas of our discussions in corporate laws. With the introduction of eMemorandum of Association (SPICe MoA) and eArticles of Association (SPICe AoA), we usually consider it obsolete. No, it is actually not.
In India, Company Secretary is a ‘more legal than finance’ profession under administrative control of Ministry of Corporate Affairs. The profession represents middle class of professions against Doctors, Lawyers and Public Accountants. Naturally, among its practitioners, there is a natural thrust to improve and update and not expertise in some particular fields. Same time, majority of its members represent economic middle class of society, where education is over emphasized constituent of life. Alas! Indian education system is not an education system at all but a degree distribution system, where we want to distribute degree to all and sundry without actually educating them. This is whole scenario, I want to discuss in detail here.
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Present scheme of the Companies Act, 1956 treat wrong doing principal officers of a company as “officer who is in default”. The Act under Section 5 explicitly lists “Officer who is in default”. This list, which looks like a most wanted list of police department, really cast numerous responsibilities on these officers. Presently, the Secretary of the company seems to be only professional listed herein. As all other persons, may or may not be professionally qualified, are business person and technical persons with only average person knowledge of his legal responsibilities. This section not only cast on the secretary practically all legal responsibilities of the company’s legal administration but also put him in much bigger shoes.