Section 347 of the Companies Act, 2013: Disposal of books and papers of company

The Companies Act, 2013

Chapter– XX Winding Up 

Part III- Provision applicable to every mode of winding up 

Section 347: Disposal of books and papers of company.

*347. 1[(1) When the affairs of a company have been completely wound up and it is about to be dissolved, the books and papers of such company and those of the Company Liquidator may be disposed of in such manner as the Tribunal directs.]

(2) After the expiry of five years from the dissolution of the company, no responsibility shall devolve on the company, the Company Liquidator, or any person to whom the custody of the books and papers has been entrusted, by reason of any book or paper not being forthcoming to any person claiming to be interested therein.

(3) The Central Government may, by rules,—

(a) prevent for such period as it thinks proper the destruction of the books and papers of a company which has been wound up and of its Company Liquidator; and

(b) enable any creditor or contributory of the company to make representations to the Central Government in respect of the matters specified in clause (a) and to appeal to the Tribunal from any order which may be made by the Central Government in the matter.

(4) If any person acts in contravention of any rule framed or an order made under sub-section (3), he shall be punishable 2[**] with fine which may extend to 3[fifty thousand rupees].


Reference

*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 sub-section:

“(1) When the affairs of a company have been completely wound up and it is about to be dissolved, its books and papers and those of the Company Liquidator may be disposed of as follows:—

(a) in the case of winding up by the Tribunal, in such manner as the Tribunal directs; and

(b) in the case of voluntary winding up, in such manner as the company by special resolution with the prior approval of the creditors direct.”

2. Omitted by the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2020, w.e.f. 21.12.2020[S.O. 4646(E) dated 21.12.2020], the words “with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or“.

3. Substituted by the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2020, w.e.f. 21.12.2020[S.O. 4646(E) dated 21.12.2020], for the words “fifty thousand rupees, or with both“.

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