Section 384 Debentures, annual return, registration of charges, books of account and their inspection – Companies Act 2013

Amended and updated notes on section 384 of Companies Act 2013. Debentures, annual return, registration of charges, books of account and their inspection.

Amended and updated notes on section 384 of Companies Act 2013. Detail discussion on provisions and rules related to debentures, annual return, registration of charges, books of account and their inspection.

Chapter XXII (Section 379393) of the Companies Act, 2013 (CA 2013) deals with the provisions related to companies incorporated outside India. Section 384 of CA 2013 provides for debentures, annual return, registration of charges, books of account and their inspection.

Recently, we have discussed in detail section 383 (Service on foreign company) of CA 2013. Today, we learn the provisions of section 384 of the Companies Act 2013.

The provisions of section 384 are effective from 1st 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 384 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.XXII
Chapter NameAccounts of Companies
Section No.384
Section NameDebentures, annual return, registration of charges, books of account and their inspection
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Section 384 of Companies Act 2013: Debentures, annual return, registration of charges, books of account and their inspection

Section 384 shall come into force on 1st April, 2014 vide Notification No. S.O. 902(E) issued dated 27.03.2014.

(1) The provisions of section 71 shall apply mutatis mutandis to a foreign company.

(2) The provisions of section 92 and section 135 shall, subject to such exceptions, modifications and adaptations as may be made therein by rules made under this Act, apply to a foreign company as they apply to a company incorporated in India.

(3) The provisions of section 128 shall apply to a foreign company to the extent of requiring it to keep at its principal place of business in India, the books of account referred to in that section, with respect to monies received and spent, sales and purchases made, and assets and liabilities, in the course of or in relation to its business in India.

(4) The provisions of Chapter VI shall apply mutatis mutandis to charges on properties which are created or acquired by any foreign company.

(5) The provisions of Chapter XIV shall apply mutatis mutandis to the Indian business of a foreign company as they apply to a company incorporated in India.

Exception/ Modification/ Adaptation:

1) In sub-section (2) of section 384, the following proviso shall be inserted, namely: –
“Provided that notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, the exemptions provided under section 92 to companies incorporated under this Act for the purpose of operating from the International Financial Services Centre located in an approved multi services Special Economic Zone set-up under the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005 (28 of 2005) and the Special Economic Zones Rules, 2006, shall apply mutatis mutandis to a foreign company registered under Chapter XXII of this Act, which has a place of business or which conducts business activity from the International Financial Services Centre located in an approved multi services Special Economic Zone set-up under the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005 and the Special Economic Zones Rules, 2006.”.

Notification No. G.S.R. 09(E) dated 4th January, 2017.

2) In sub-section (4) of section 384, the following proviso shall be inserted, namely: –
“Provided that notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, the exemptions provided under Chapter VI to companies incorporated under this Act for the purpose of operating from the International Financial Services Centre located in an approved multi services Special Economic Zone set-up under the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005 (28 of 2005) and the Special Economic Zones Rules, 2006, shall apply mutatis mutandis to a foreign company registered under Chapter XXII of this Act, which has a place of business or which conducts business activity from the International Financial Services Centre located in an approved multi services Special Economic Zone set-up under the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005 and the Special Economic Zones Rules, 2006.”.

Notification No. G.S.R. 09(E) dated 4th January, 2017


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