Section 38 Punishment for personation for acquisition of securities – Companies Act 2013

Amended and updated notes on section 38 of Companies Act 2013. Provisions and rules for punishment for personation for acquisition, etc., of securities.

Amended and updated notes on section 38 of Companies Act 2013. Detail discussion on provisions and rules related to punishment for personation for acquisition, etc., of securities.

Chapter III (Sections 2342) of the Companies Act, 2013 (CA 2013) deals with the provisions related to prospectus and allotment of securities. Section 38 of CA 2013 provides for punishment for personation for acquisition, etc., of securities.

Recently, we have discussed in detail section 37 (Action by affected persons) of CA 2013. Today, we learn the provisions of section 38 of Companies Act 2013 read with the Companies (Prospectus and Allotment of Securities) Rules, 2014.

Section 38 of the Companies Act, 2013 has been notified by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) vide Notification No. S.O. 2754(E) issued dated 12.09.2013. This notification was come into force from 12th September, 2013 i.e. the commencement date of section 38 is 12-9-2013.

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.III
Chapter NameProspectus and Allotment of Securities
Section No.38
Section NamePunishment for personation for acquisition, etc., of securities
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Section 38 of Companies Act 2013: Punishment for personation for acquisition, etc., of securities

Section 38 shall come into force on 12th September, 2013 vide Notification No. S.O. 2754(E) dated 12.09.2013.

(1) Any person who—

  • (a) makes or abets making of an application in a fictitious name to a company for acquiring, or subscribing for, its securities; or
  • (b) makes or abets making of multiple applications to a company in different names or in different combinations of his name or surname for acquiring or subscribing for its securities; or
  • (c) otherwise induces directly or indirectly a company to allot, or register any transfer of, securities to him, or to any other person in a fictitious name,

shall be liable for action under section 447.

(2) The provisions of sub-section (1) shall be prominently reproduced in every prospectus issued by a company and in every form of application for securities.

(3) Where a person has been convicted under this section, the Court may also order disgorgement of gain, if any, made by, and seizure and disposal of the securities in possession of, such person.

(4) The amount received through disgorgement or disposal of securities under subsection (3) shall be credited to the Investor Education and Protection Fund.


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