This is a very interesting query received recently.
One existing independent director is going to be retired at the conclusion of the upcoming Annual General Meeting of the company. The company (read management) do not want to renew the tenure of independent director. The name of another independent director has already been proposed by the management in the notice of the Annual General Meeting. Now, there is a proposal to call a Board Meeting just after (or next day) the conclusion of Annual General Meeting. As per the law and the articles of the company, there is a requirement of 7 days notice or 48 hours shorter notice for calling the Board Meeting. The outgoing independent director should receive notice of the Board Meeting. Will it really serve any purpose in law?
When an applicant files a form for incorporation of a company, we need to select the designation and category of first directors in incorporation Form 32 (popularly called Spice) or wherever company appoints a director. There are four different categories of directors. We will discuss confusion regarding these categories of directors.
Posted in Chapter II - CA2013, Chapter XI - CA2013, Companies Act 2013
Tagged Additional Director, Alternate Director, chairman, chairperson, Director, Executive Director, Independent Director, Managing Dir, Managing Director, Nominee Director, Non - executive director, Professional Director, Promoter Director, Small shareholders’ Director, Whole – time Director
Ministry of Corporate Affairs recently amended the Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Rules, 2014 by notification of the Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Amendment Rules, 2017 on 5th July 2017. A related amendment in the Companies (meetings of Board and its Powers) Rules, 2014 was also made by notification of the Companies (meetings of Board and its Powers) Second Amendment Rules, 2017 for which published notification copy is yet not available.
Posted in Chapter XI - CA2013, Chapter XII - CA2013, Companies Act 2013
Tagged Board of Directors, Committee of Board, Independent Director, Meeting through Audio Visual Means, Noting of dissent, Powers of Board, the Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Amendment Rules 2017, the Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Rules 2014, the Companies (meetings of Board and its Powers) Rules 2014, the Companies (meetings of Board and its Powers) Second Amendment Rules 2017
According to Section 149 of the Act, every listed company shall have at least one-third of total number of directors as Independent directors. The central government may prescribe minimum number of independent directors in other class or classes of public companies. The Act deals with provisions related to independent directors in details as discussed earlier here.
According to Rule 4 companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Rules 2014, the following class or classes of companies shall have at least two directors as independent directors –
Central Public Enterprises in India are not simple business enterprises, but fall under definition of “State” under Article 12 of the Constitution of India. They are subject to Writ Jurisdiction. The Right to Information Act, 2005 is applicable to them.
The Law governing Central Public Sector Enterprises are complex mix of Guidelines/instructions issued by Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), the Companies Act, 1956 regulations of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), Central Vigilance Commission, and administrative Ministry.
Posted in Chapter XI - CA2013, Companies Act 2013, CorpGov, Governance and Responsibility
Tagged Central Public Sector Enterprises, CorpGov, CorpLaw, Corporate Governance, Corporate Law, CPSE. DPE, Director, DPE Guideline, Functional Director, Government Director, Independent Director, Nominee Director