Tag Archives: the Companies (Acceptance of Deposits) Rules 2014

Unlimited Deposits for certain companies


Ministry of Corporate Affairs amended the Companies (Acceptance of Deposits) Rules, 2014 recently. The Companies (Acceptance of Deposits) 2nd Amendment Rules, 2017, was published and come into force on 20th September 2017. These amendment permit, in case of specified private companies, to accept deposit without any maximum limits.

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2nd Amendment 2015: Deposits Rules


Ministry of Corporate Affairs placed on its web site a DRAFT notification on 15th September 2015 which proposed the Companies (Acceptance of Deposits) Second Amendment Rules, 2015.

These rules shall come into force form the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

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AMENDMENT 2015: DEPOSIT RULE


Ministry of Corporate Affairs came with an amendment to the Companies (Acceptance of Deposits) Rules 2014. This is second amendment to these rules but first amendment for this year. Present amendment includes:

  1. Deadline for allotment of long pending share application money;
  2. Introduction of credit rating for deposits;
  3. Postponement of Deposit insurance; and
  4. Substitution of Form DPT – 3.

Deadline for Allotment:

As we have discussed earlier here, Rule 2(1)(c) define deposit giving exclusions from deposits. Clause (vii) of Rule 2(1)(c) excludes share/security application money pending allotment from the definition of deposits. Presently, Explanation (a) to Rule 2(1)(c)(vii) mandate of share application money within 15 days unless allotted within 60 days from the date of receipt.

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Circular: Deposits under earlier Act


“Ease of doing business” certainly is a joke invoked once again by the Government on eve of closing of financial year 2014 – 15. Even a fast track professional cannot study implication and advice companies about. This became bigger prank when it is meant to give relief to private companies with lesser resources. As one senior company secretary comments, “This clarification is being given on 30th March, 2015 when many companies have either repaid or have filed petitions with the CLB for extension of time to repay the deposits”. Another professional summarise it as “too little, too late”.

Before reading this well intended circulars, circumstance show this now may help intentional defaulters as law abiding corporate already following some process with almost no scope of reversibility.

Now we may read the general circular 05/2015 issued on 30th March 2015 (afternoon, almost before 36 hours of calendar deadline and just before 12 hours of working deadline).

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REGISTER AND RETURN UNDER DEPOSIT RULES


In this post we will discuss, Registers required to be maintained and Returns required to be filed under the Companies (Acceptance of Deposit) Rules 2014.

REGISTERS OF DEPOSITS [Rules 14]:

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MISCELLANEOUS PROVISION RELATED TO DEPOSITS


In our last post here, we discussed protection of deposits.

DUTIES OF TRUSTEES [Rule 8]:

It shall be the duty of every trustee for depositors to-

(a) ensure that the assets of the company on which charge is created together with the amount of deposit insurance are sufficient to cover the repayment of the principal amount of secured deposits outstanding and interest accrued thereon;

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PROTECTION OF DEPOSITORS


In last two posts here and here, we discussed terms and conditions of a deposit and circular and advertisement issued by a company for acceptance of deposit. Now, we will discuss measures for protection of depositors under the Companies Rules, 2014. Before discussing these rules, I recommend you to refer my earlier post here for general provision related to deposit under the Companies Act, 2013.

MANNER AND EXTENT OF DEPOSIT INSURANCE:

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