Section 88 Register of members – Companies Act 2013

Amended and updated notes on section 88 of Companies Act 2013. Detail discussion on provisions and rules related to register of members, etc.

Amended and updated notes on section 88 of Companies Act 2013. Detail discussion on provisions and rules related to register of members, etc.

Chapter VII (Sections 88122) of the Companies Act, 2013 (CA 2013) deals with the provisions related to management and administration. Section 88 of CA 2013 provides for register of members, etc.

Recently, we have discussed in detail section 87 (Rectification by Central Government in register of charges) of CA 2013. Today, we learn the provisions of section 88 of Companies Act 2013 read with the Companies (Management and Administration) Rules, 2014.

Section 88 of the Companies Act, 2013 has been notified by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) vide Notification No. S.O. 902(E) issued dated 27.03.2014. This notification shall come into force from 1st April, 2014 i.e. the commencement date of section 88 is 1-04-2014.

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.VII
Chapter NameManagement and Administration
Section No.88
Section NameRegister of members, etc.
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Section 88 of Companies Act 2013: Register of members

Section 88 shall come into force on 1st April, 2014 vide Notification No. S.O. 902(E) issued dated 27.03.2014.

(1) Every company shall keep and maintain the following registers in such form and in such manner as may be prescribed, namely: —

  • (a) register of members indicating separately for each class of equity and preference shares held by each member residing in or outside India;
  • (b) register of debenture-holders; and
  • (c) register of any other security holders.

(2) Every register maintained under sub-section (1) shall include an index of the names included therein.

(3) The register and index of beneficial owners maintained by a depository under section 11 of the Depositories Act, 1996, shall be deemed to be the corresponding register and index for the purposes of this Act.

(4) A company may, if so authorised by its articles, keep in any country outside India, in such manner as may be prescribed, a part of the register referred to in sub-section (1), called “foreign register” containing the names and particulars of the members, debenture holders, other security holders or beneficial owners residing outside India.

(5) If a company does not maintain a register of members or debenture-holders or other security holders or fails to maintain them in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (1) or sub-section (2), the company and every officer of the company who is in default shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than fifty thousand rupees but which may extend to three lakh rupees and where the failure is a continuing one, with a further fine which may extend to one thousand rupees for every day, after the first during which the failure continues.


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