Section 347 Disposal of books and papers of company – Companies Act 2013

Amended and updated notes on section 347 of Companies Act 2013. Provisions and rules related to disposal of books and papers of company.

Amended and updated notes on section 347 of Companies Act 2013. Detail discussion on provisions and rules related to disposal of books and papers of company.

Chapter XX (Section 270365) of the Companies Act, 2013 (CA 2013) deals with the provisions related to winding up. Section 347 of CA 2013 provides for disposal of books and papers of company.

Recently, we have discussed in detail section 346 (Inspection of books and papers by creditors and contributories) of CA 2013. Today, we learn the provisions of section 347 of the Companies Act 2013.

The provisions of section 347 are effective from 15th December, 2016. You may refer Notification No. S.O. 3677(E) issued dated 7-12-2016. In this article, you will learn detail of the provisions of section 347 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.XX
Chapter NameWinding Up
Section No.347
Section NameDisposal of books and papers of company
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Section 347 of Companies Act 2013: Disposal of books and papers of company

Section 347 shall come into force on 15th December, 2016 vide Notification No. S.O. 3677(E) dated 07.12.2016.

(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 with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine which may extend to fifty thousand rupees, or with both.


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