Section 209 Search and seizure – Companies Act 2013

Section 209 shall come into force on 1st April, 2014 vide Notification No. S.O. 902(E) issued dated 27.03.2014.

Amended and updated notes on section 209 of Companies Act 2013. Detail discussion on provisions and rules related to search and seizure.

Chapter XIV (Sections 206229) of the Companies Act, 2013 (CA 2013) deals with the provisions related to Inspection, Inquiry and Investigation. Section 209 of CA 2013 provides for search and seizure.

Recently, we have discussed in detail section 208 (Report on inspection made) of CA 2013. Today, we learn the provisions of section 209 of Companies Act 2013.

The provisions of section 209 are effective from 1-April-2014. You may refer Notification No. S.O. 902(E) issued dated 27-03-2014. In this article, you will learn detail of the provisions of section 209 of the Companies Act 2013.

Name of ActThe Companies Act 2013
Enacted byParliament of India
Administered byMinistry of Corporate Affairs (MCA)
Number of Chapters29
Number of Sections484 (470-43+57)
Number of Schedules7
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Chapter No.XIV
Chapter NameInspection, Inquiry and Investigation
Section No.209
Section NameSearch and seizure
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Section 209 of Companies Act 2013: Search and seizure

Section 209 shall come into force on 1st April, 2014 vide Notification No. S.O. 902(E) issued dated 27.03.2014.

(1) Where, upon information in his possession or otherwise, the Registrar or inspector has reasonable ground to believe that the books and papers of a company, or relating to the key managerial personnel or any director or auditor or company secretary in practice if the company has not appointed a company secretary, are likely to be destroyed, mutilated, altered, falsified or secreted, he may, after obtaining an order from the Special Court for the seizure of such books and papers, —

  • (a) enter, with such assistance as may be required, and search, the place or places where such books or papers are kept; and
  • (b) seize such books and papers as he considers necessary after allowing the company to take copies of, or extracts from, such books or papers at its cost.

(2) The Registrar or inspector shall return the books and papers seized under subsection (1), as soon as may be, and in any case not later than one hundred and eightieth day after such seizure, to the company from whose custody or power such books or papers were seized:

Provided that the books and papers may be called for by the Registrar or inspector for a further period of one hundred and eighty days by an order in writing if they are needed again:

Provided further that the Registrar or inspector may, before returning such books and papers as aforesaid, take copies of, or extracts from them or place identification marks on them or any part thereof or deal with the same in such other manner as he considers necessary.

(3) The provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 relating to searches or seizures shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to every search and seizure made under this section.


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