Section 337 of the Companies Act, 2013: Penalty for frauds by officers

The Companies Act, 2013

Chapter– XX Winding Up 

Part III- Provision applicable to every mode of winding up 

 Section 337: Penalty for frauds by officers.

*337. If any person, being at the time of the commission of the alleged offence an officer of a company which is subsequently ordered to be wound up by the Tribunal 1[under this Act]—

(a) has, by false pretences or by means of any other fraud, induced any person to give credit to the company;

(b) with intent to defraud creditors of the company or any other person, has made or caused to be made any gift or transfer of, or charge on, or has caused or connived at the levying of any execution against, the property of the company; or

(c) with intent to defraud creditors of the company, has concealed or removed any part of the property of the company since the date of any unsatisfied judgment or order for payment of money obtained against the company or within two months before that date,

he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year but which may extend to three years and with fine which shall not be less than one lakh rupees but which may extend to three lakh rupees.


*Effective from 15.12.2016.

1. Substituted by the Eleventh Schedule (Sec. 255) to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, w.e.f. 15.11.2016[S.O. 3453(E) dated 15.11.2016], for the words “or which subsequently passes a resolution for voluntary winding up,“.

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