Companies Incorporation Rules 2014 Amended Dec 2020 Corporate Law


Companies Incorporation Rules 2014: The Companies (Incorporation) Rules, 2014 was published vide G.S.R. 250(E), dated 31st March, 2014. These rules were recently amended vide G.S.R. 795(E), dated 24th December, 2020.

Following are the Companies Incorporation Rules 2014 as amended by the Companies (Incorporation) Third Amendment Rules, 2020. The amended rules shall come into force with effect from the 21st January, 2021.

The Companies (Incorporation) Rules, 2014

[Published vide G.S.R. 250(E), dated 31-03-2014 and last amended by G.S.R. 169(E), dated 12-03-2020]

In exercise of the powers conferred under section 3, section 4, sub-sections (5) and (6) of section 5, section 6, sub-section (1) and (2) of section 7, sub-section (1) and (2) of section 8, clauses (a) and (b) of subsection (1) of section 11, sub-sections (2), (3), (4) and (5) of section 12, sub-sections (3), (4) and proviso to sub-section (5) of section 13, sub-section (2) of section 14, sub-section (1) of section 17, sub-section (1) and (2) of section 20 read with sub-sections (1) and (2) of section 469 of the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013) and in supersession of the Companies (Central Government’s) General Rules and Forms, 1956 or any other relevant rules prescribed under the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956) on matters covered under these rules, except as respects things done or omitted to be done before such supersession, the Central Government hereby makes the following rules, namely: –

Rule 1. Short title and commencement:

(1) These rules may be called the Companies (Incorporation)
Rules, 2014.

(2) They shall come into force on the 1st day of April,
2014.

Rule 2. Definitions:

(1) In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires, –

(a) ‘‘Act’’ means the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013);

(b) ‘‘Annexure’’ means the Annexure
to these rules;

(c) “Form” or “e-Form” means a form
in the electronic form or non-electronic form as specified under the Act or
Rules made there under and notified by the Central Government under the Act;

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(d) ‘‘Fees’’ means fees as
specified in the Companies (Registration offices and fees) Rules, 2014;

(e) ‘‘Regional Director’’ means the
person appointed by the Central Government in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs
as a Regional Director;

(f) ‘‘Section’’ means the section
of the Act;

(2) Words and expressions used in these rules but not defined
and defined in the Act or in Companies (Specification of definitions details)
Rules, 2014 shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in the Act
and said rules.

Rule 3. One Person Company:

(1) Only a natural person who is an Indian citizen and resident
in India-

(a) shall be eligible to
incorporate a One Person Company;

(b) shall be a nominee for the sole
member of a One Person Company.

Explanation-I: For
the purposes of this rule, the term “resident in India” means a
person who has stayed in India for a period of not less than one hundred and
eighty two days during the immediately preceding financial year.

Explanation-II:
For the purposes of this rule, while counting the number of days of stay of a
director in India for the financial year 2018-2019, any period of stay between
01.01.2018 till the date of notification of this rule shall also be counted.

(2) A natural person shall not be member of more than a One
Person Company at any point of time and the said person shall not be a nominee
of more than a One Person Company.

(3) Where a natural person, being member in One Person
Company in accordance with this rule becomes a member in another such Company
by virtue of his being a nominee in that One Person Company, such person shall
meet the eligibility criteria specified in sub rule (2) within a period of one
hundred and eighty days.

(4) No minor shall become member or nominee of the One
Person Company or can hold share with beneficial interest.

(5) Such Company cannot be incorporated or converted into a company under section 8 of the Act.

(6) Such Company cannot carry out Non-Banking Financial
Investment activities including investment in securities of any body
corporates.

(7) No such company can convert voluntarily into any kind of
company unless two years have expired from the date of incorporation of One
Person Company, except threshold limit (paid up share capital) is increased
beyond fifty lakh rupees or its average annual turnover during the relevant
period exceeds two crore rupees.

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Rule 4. Nomination by the subscriber or member of One Person Company:

For the purposes of first proviso to sub-section (1) of section 3

(1) The subscriber to the memorandum of a One Person Company
shall nominate a person, after obtaining prior written consent of such person,
who shall, in the event of the subscriber’s death or his incapacity to
contract, become the member of that One Person Company.

(2) The name of the person nominated under sub-rule (1)
shall be mentioned in the memorandum of One Person Company and such nomination
in Form No. INC-32 (SPICe) along with consent of such nominee obtained in Form
No. INC-3 and fee as provided in the Companies (Registration offices and fees)
Rules, 2014 shall be filed with the Registrar at the time of incorporation of
the company along with its memorandum and articles.

(3) The person nominated by the subscriber or member of a
One Person Company may, withdraw his consent by giving a notice in writing to
such sole member and to the One Person Company:

Provided that the sole member shall nominate another person
as nominee within fifteen days of the receipt of the notice of withdrawal and
shall send an intimation of such nomination in writing to the Company, along
with the written consent of such other person so nominated in Form No. INC-3.

(4) The company shall within thirty days of receipt of the
notice of withdrawal of consent under sub-rule (3) file with the Registrar, a
notice of such withdrawal of consent and the intimation of the name of another
person nominated by the sole member in Form No INC-4 along with fee as provided
in the Companies (Registration offices and fees) Rules, 2014 and the written
consent of such another person so nominated in Form No. INC-3.

(5) The subscriber or member of a One Person Company may, by
intimation in writing to the company, change the name of the person nominated
by him at any time for any reason including in case of death or incapacity to
contract of nominee and nominate another person after obtaining the prior
consent of such another person in Form No. INC-3:

Provided that the company shall, on the receipt of such
intimation, file with the Registrar, a notice of such change in Form No INC-4
along with fee as provided in the Companies (Registration offices and fees)
Rules, 2014 and with the written consent of the new nominee in Form No. INC-3
within thirty days of receipt of intimation of the change.

(6) Where the sole member of One Person Company ceases to be
the member in the event of death or incapacity to contract and his nominee
becomes the member of such One Person Company, such new member shall nominate
within fifteen days of becoming member, a person who shall in the event of his
death or his incapacity to contract become the member of such company, and the
company shall file with the Registrar an intimation of such cessation and
nomination in Form No. INC-4 along with the fee as provided in the Companies
(Registration offices and fees) Rules, 2014 within thirty days of the change in
membership and with the prior written consent of the person so nominated in
Form No. INC-3.

Rule 5. Penalty: Omitted w.e.f. 01.05.2015

Rule 6. One Person Company to convert itself into a public company or a private company in certain cases:

(1) Where the paid up share capital of an One Person Company
exceeds fifty lakh rupees and its average annual turnover during the relevant
period exceeds two crore rupees, it shall
cease to be entitled to continue as a One Person Company.

(2) Such One Person Company shall be required to convert itself, within six months of the date on which its paid up share capital is increased beyond fifty lakh rupees or the last day of the relevant period during which its average annual turnover exceeds two crore rupees as the case may be, into either a private company with minimum of two members and two directors or a public company with at least of seven members and three directors in accordance with the provisions of section 18 of the Act.

(3) The One Person Company shall alter its memorandum and articles by passing a resolution in accordance with sub-section (3) of section 122 of the Act to give effect to the conversion and to make necessary changes incidental thereto.

(4) The One Person Company shall within period of sixty days
from the date of applicability of sub-rule (1), give a notice to the Registrar
in Form No. INC-5 informing that it has ceased to be a One Person Company and
that it is now required to convert itself into a private company or a public
company by virtue of its paid up share capital or average annual turnover,
having Explanation: For the purposes
of this rule, – “relevant period” means the period of immediately
preceding three consecutive financial years;

(5) If One Person Company or any officer of the One Person
Company contravenes the provisions of these rules, One Person Company or any
officer of the One Person Company shall be punishable with fine which may
extend to ten thousand rupees and with a further fine which may extend to one
thousand rupees for every day after the first during which such contravention
continues.

(6) A One Person company can get itself converted into a Private or Public company after increasing the minimum number of members and directors to two or minimum of seven members and two or three directors as the case may be, and by maintaining the minimum paid-up capital as per requirements of the Act for such class of company and by making due compliance of section 18 of the Act for conversion.

Rule 7. Conversion of private company into One Person Company:

(1) A private company other than a company registered under section 8 of the Act having paid up share capital of fifty lakhs rupees or less and average annual turnover during the relevant period is two crore rupees or less may convert itself into one person company by passing a special resolution in the general meeting.

(2) Before passing such resolution, the company shall obtain
No objection in writing from members and creditors.

(3) The one person company shall file copy of the special
resolution with the Registrar of Companies within thirty days from the date of
passing such resolution in Form No. MGT-14 exceeded the threshold limit laid
down in sub-rule (1).

(4) The company shall file an application in Form No. INC-6
for its conversion into One Person Company along with fees as provided in in
the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014, by attaching the
following documents, namely: –

(i) The directors of the company
shall give a declaration by way of affidavit duly sworn in confirming that all
members and creditors of the company have given their consent for conversion,
the paid up share capital company is fifty lakhs rupees or less or average
annual turnover is less than two crores rupees, as the case may be;

(ii) the list of members and list
of creditors;

(iii) the latest Audited Balance
Sheet and the Profit and Loss Account; and

(iv) the copy of No Objection
letter of secured creditors.

(5) On being satisfied and complied with requirements stated
herein the Registrar shall issue the Certificate.

Rule 7A. Penalty:

If a One Person
Company or any officer of such company contravenes any of the provisions of
these rules, the One Person Company or any officer of the One Person Company
shall be punishable with fine which may extend to five thousand rupees and with
a further fine which may extend to five hundred rupees for every day after the
first offence during which such contravention continues.

Rule 8. Names which resemble too nearly with name of existing company:

(1) A name applied for shall be deemed to resemble too
nearly with the name of an existing company, if, and only if, after comparing
the name applied for with the name of an existing company by disregarding the
matters set out in sub-rule (2), the names are same.

(2) The following matters are to be disregarded while
comparing the names under sub-rule (1):-

(a) the words like Private, Pvt,
Pvt., (P), OPC Pvt. Ltd., IFSC Limited, IFSC Pvt. Limited, Producer Limited,
Limited, Unlimited, Ltd, Ltd., LLP, Limited Liability Partnership, company, and
company, & co, & co., co., co, corporation, corp, corpn, corp or group;

(b) the plural or singular form
of words in one or both names;

A. Illustrations

(i) Green Technology Ltd. is same
as Greens Technology Ltd. and Greens Technologies Ltd.

(ii) Pratap Technology Ltd. is
same as Prataps Technology Ltd. and Prataps Technologies Ltd.

(iii) SM Computers Ltd. is not
same as SMS Computers Ltd.

(c) type and case of letters,
spacing between letters, punctuation marks and special characters used in one
or both names;

B. Illustrations

(i) ABC Ltd. is same as A.B.C.
Ltd. and A B C Ltd.

(ii) TeamWork Ltd. is same as
Team@Work Ltd. and Team-Work Ltd.

(d) use of different tenses in
one or both names ;

C. Illustrations

(i) Ascend Solutions Ltd. is same
as Ascended Solutions Ltd. and Ascending Solutions Ltd.

(ii) Speak English Solutions
Limited is same as Spoken English Solutions Limited.

(e) use of different phonetic
spellings including use of misspelled words of an expression;

D. Illustrations

(i) Chemtech Ltd. is same as
Chemtec Ltd., Chemtek Ltd., Cemtech Ltd., Cemtek Ltd., Kemtech Ltd., and Kemtek
Ltd.

(ii) Bee Kay Ltd is same as BK
Ltd, Be Kay Ltd., B Kay Ltd., Bee K Ltd., B.K. Ltd. and Beee Kay Ltd.

(f) use of host name such as
‘www’ or a domain extension such as ‘net’, ‘org’, ‘dot’ or ‘com’ in one or both
names;

E. Illustrations

(i) Ultra Solutions Ltd. is same
as Ultrasolutions.com Ltd.

(ii) Supreme Ultra Solutions Ltd.
is not the same as Ultrasolutions.com Ltd.

(g) the order of words in the
names;

F. Illustrations

(i) Ravi Builders and Contractors
Ltd. is same as Ravi Contractors and Builders Ltd.

(ii) Ravi Builders and
Contractors Limited is not the same as Ravi Shankar Builders and Contractors
Limited.

(h) use of the definite or
indefinite article in one or both names;

G. Illustrations

(i) Congenial Tours Ltd. is same
as A Congenial Tours Ltd. and The Congenial Tours Ltd.

(ii) Isha Industries Limited is
not the same as Anisha Industries Limited.

(i) a slight variation in the
spelling of the two names including a grammatical variation thereof;

H. Illustrations

(i) Color Technologies Ltd. is
same as Colour Technologies Ltd.

(ii) Disc Solutions Ltd. is same
as Disk Solutions Ltd. but it is not same as Disco Solutions Ltd.

(j) complete translation or
transliteration, and not part thereof, of an existing name, in Hindi or in
English;

I. Illustrations

(i) National Electricity
Corporation Ltd. is same as Rashtriya Vidyut Nigam Ltd.

(ii) Hike Construction Ltd. is
not the same as Hike Nirman Ltd.

(k) addition of the name of a
place to an existing name, which does not contain the name of any place;

J. Illustrations

(i) If Salvage Technologies Ltd.
is an existing name, it is same as Salvage Technologies Delhi Ltd and Salvage
Delhi Technologies Ltd.

(ii) Retro Pharmaceuticals Ranchi
Ltd. is not the same as Retro Pharmaceuticals Chennai Ltd.

(l) addition, deletion, or
modification of numerals or expressions denoting numerals in an existing name,
unless the numeral represents any brand;

K. Illustrations

(i) Thunder Services Ltd is same
as Thunder11 Services Ltd and One Thunder Services Ltd.

(ii) Style Garments11 Ltd. is
same as Style Garments Ltd and Style12 Garments Ltd.

(iii) One 11 Power Equipment Ltd
is not the same as One Power Equipment Ltd, if One 11 represents a brand:

Provided that clauses
(f) to (h) and clauses (k) and (l) shall not be disregarded while comparing the
names, if a no objection by way of a Board resolution has been provided by an
existing company.

Rule 8A. Undesirable names:

(1) The name shall be considered undesirable, if-

(a) it is prohibited under the
provisions of section 3 of the Emblems and Names (Prevention and Improper Use)
Act, 1950 (12 of 1950), unless a previous permission has been obtained under
that Act;

(b) save as provided in section
35 of the Trade Marks Act, 1999 (47 of 1999), the name includes a trade mark
registered under the Trade Marks Act, 1999 and the rules framed thereunder in
the same class of goods or services in which the activity of the company is
being carried out or is proposed to be carried out, unless the consent of the
owner, of the trade mark, as the case may be, has been obtained and produced by
the promoters;

(c) it includes any word or words
which are offensive to any section of the people;

(d) the proposed name is
identical with or too nearly resembles the name of a limited liability
partnership:

Provided that the provisions of
rule 8 shall apply mutatis mutandis while determining whether a proposed name
is too nearly resembling the name of a limited liability partnership;

(e) the proposed name is
identical with or too nearly resembles with a name which is for the time being
reserved in accordance with rule 9:

Provided that the provisions of
rule 8 shall apply mutatis mutandis while determining whether a proposed name
is too nearly resembling with a reserved name;

(f) the company’s main business
is financing, leasing, chit fund, investments, securities or combination
thereof, but the proposed name is not indicative of such related financial
activities, viz., Chit Fund or Investment or Loan, etc.;

(g) the company’s name is
indicative of activities financing, leasing, chit fund, investments, securities
or combination thereof, but the company’s main business is not related to such
activities;

(h) it resembles closely the
popular or abbreviated description of an existing company or limited liability
partnership;

(i) the proposed name is
identical with or too nearly resembles the name of a company or limited
liability partnership incorporated outside India and reserved by such company
or limited liability partnership with the Registrar:

Provided that if a foreign
company is incorporating its subsidiary company in India, then the original
name of the holding company as it is may be allowed with the addition of word
India or name of any Indian State or city, if otherwise available:

Provided further that provisions
of rule 8 shall apply mutatis mutandis while determining whether a proposed
name is too nearly resembling the name of a company or limited liability
partnership incorporated outside India;

(j) any part of the proposed name
includes the words indicative of a separate type of business constitution or
legal person or any connotation thereof e.g. co-operative, sehkari, trust, LLP,
partnership, society, proprietor, HUF, firm, Inc., PLC, GmbH, SA, PTE, Sdn, AG,
etc.;

Explanation: For the purposes of this clause, it is hereby clarified that the name including phrase ‘Electoral Trust’ may be allowed for registration of companies to be formed under section 8 of the Act, in accordance with the Electoral Trusts Scheme, 2013 notified by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT):

Provided that name application is
accompanied with an affidavit to the effect that the name to be obtained shall
be only for the purpose of registration of companies under the said Electoral
Trust Scheme as notified by the Central Board of Direct Taxes;

(k) the proposed name contains
the words ‘British India’;

(l) the proposed name implies
association or connection with an embassy or consulate of a foreign government;

(m) the proposed name includes or
implies association or connection with or patronage of a national hero or any
person held in high esteem or important personages who occupied or are
occupying important positions in the Government;

(n) the proposed name is
identical to the name of a company dissolved as a result of liquidation
proceeding and a period of two years has not elapsed from the date of such
dissolution:

Provided that if the proposed name is identical with the name of a company which is struck off in pursuance of action under section 248 of the Act or under section 560 of the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956) then the same shall not be allowed before the expiry of twenty years from the date of publication in the Official Gazette being so struck off;

(o) it is identical with the name
of a limited liability partnership in liquidation or the name of a limited
liability partnership which is struck off up to a period of five years;

(p) the proposed name include
words such as ‘Insurance’, ‘Bank’, ‘Stock Exchange’, ‘Venture Capital’, ‘Asset
Management’, ‘Nidhi’, ‘Mutual Fund’, etc., unless a declaration is submitted by
the applicant that the requirements mandated by the respective regulator, such
as IRDA, RBI, SEBI, MCA, etc. have been complied with by the applicant;

(q) the proposed name includes
the word “State”, in case the company is not a Government company;

(r) the proposed name is
containing only the name of a continent, country, State, city such as Asia
limited, Germany Limited, Haryana Limited or Mysore Limited;

(s) Use of descriptive names,
where the name merely consists of commonly used words to describe an activity.

Explanation: For the purposes of this clause,—

(A) the term “commonly used
words” refers to use of generic expressions which may be used by any other
company to describe its trade;

(B) while determining whether a
name is descriptive or not, the objects of the proposed company or the order of
words appearing in a name shall not be relevant;

(C) the name shall not be deemed
to be descriptive where “commonly used words” are used in addition to other
words in the name;

A. Illustrations

(i) The names Silk Manufacturers
Private Limited and Manufacturers Silk Ltd. are descriptive names as they
merely describe an activity which may also be carried out by any other company
and the order of the words is not relevant while determining a descriptive
name.

(ii) The names Computer World
Ltd., Food Star Ltd., Tour Hub Ltd or House of Chocolate Ltd are not
descriptive as the names do not merely consist of commonly used words.

(iii) The names Technical Vista
Ltd or Vista Technical are not descriptive as the names do not merely consist
of commonly used words and the order of the words is not relevant while
determining whether a name is descriptive.

(iv) The name Drinking Water
Plant Ltd. is a descriptive name, even if the object of the company is not
related to making drinking water plant as it consists of commonly used words
and objects of the proposed company is not relevant while determining whether a
name is descriptive.

(v) The name Silk Wise
Manufacturers Private Limited is not descriptive as it contains words other
than commonly used words.

(t) the proposed name includes
name of any foreign country or any city in a foreign country, the same shall be
allowed if the applicant produces any proof of significance of business
relations with such foreign country like memorandum of understanding with a
company of such country:

Provided that the name combining
the name of a foreign country with the use of India like India Japan or Japan
India shall be allowed if, there is a government to government participation or
patronage and no company shall be incorporated using the name of an enemy
country.

Explanation: For the purposes of this clause, ‘enemy country’ means
so declared by the Government of India from time to time.

(u) the proposed name of a section 8 company under the Act does not include the words Foundation, Forum, Association, Federation, Chambers, Confederation, Council, Electoral Trust and the like, etc.

(v) the proposed name of a Nidhi
company under the Act does not have the last words “Nidhi Limited” as a part of
its name.

(w) the proposed name has been
released from the register of companies upon change of name of a company and
three years have not elapsed since the date of change unless a specific
direction has been received from the competent authority in the course of
compromise, arrangement or amalgamation.

(2) The applicant shall declare in affirmative or negative
(to affirm or deny) whether he is using or has been using in the last five
years, the name applied for incorporation of company or LLP in any other
business constitution like Sole proprietor or Partnership or any other
incorporated or unincorporated entity and if, yes details thereof and No
Objection Certificate from other partners and associates for use of such name
by the proposed Company or LLP, as the case may be, and also a declaration as
to whether such other business shall be taken over by the proposed company or
LLP or not.

Rule 8B. Word or expression which can be used only after obtaining previous approval of Central Government:

In terms clause (b) of sub-section (3) of section 4, the following words and combinations thereof shall not be used in the name of a company in English or any of the languages depicting the same meaning unless the previous approval of the Central Government has been obtained for the use of any such word or expression:-

(a) Board;

(b) Commission;

(c) Authority;

(d) Undertaking;

(e) National;

(f) Union;

(g) Central;

(h) Federal;

(i) Republic;

(j) President;

(k) Rashtrapati;

(l) Small Scale Industries;

(m) Khadi and Village Industries Corporation;

(n) Financial Corporation and the like;

(o) Municipal;

(p) Panchayat;

(q) Development Authority;

(r) Prime Minister or Chief Minister;

(s) Minister;

(t) Nation;

(u) Forest corporation;

(v) Development Scheme;

(w) Statute or Statutory;

(x) Court or Judiciary;

(y) Governor;

(z) the use of word Scheme with the name of Government (s),
State, India, Bharat or any Government authority or in any manner resembling
with the schemes launched by Central, State or local Governments and
authorities; and

(za) Bureau.

Rule 9. Reservation of name or change of name:

An application for reservation of name shall be made through the web service available at www.mca.gov.in by using web service SPICe+ (Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically Plus: INC-32), and for change of name by using web service RUN (Reserve Unique Name) along with fee as provided in the Companies (Registration offices and fees) Rules, 2014, which may either be approved or rejected, as the case may be, by the Registrar, Central Registration Centre after allowing re-submission of such web form within fifteen days for rectification of the defects, if any, with effect from the 23rd February, 2020.

Rule 9A. Extension of reservation of name in certain cases:

Upon payment of fees provided below through the web service available at www.mca.gov.in, the Registrar shall extend the period of a name reserved under rule 9 by using web service SPICe+ (Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically Plus: INC-32), upto:

  • (a) forty days from the date of approval under rule 9, on payment of fees of rupees of one thousand rupees made before the expiry of twenty days from the date of approval under rule 9;
  • (b) sixty days from the date of approval under rule 9 on payment of fees of rupees two thousand made before the expiry of forty days referred to in clause (a) above;
  • (c) sixty days from the date of approval under rule 9 on payment of fees of rupees three thousand made before the expiry of twenty days from the date of approval under rule 9:

Provided that the Registrar shall have the power to cancel the reserved name in accordance with subsection (5) of section 4 of the Act.

[Rule 9A was inserted w.e.f. 26th January, 2021 by the Companies (Incorporation) Third Amendment Rules, 2020 vide G.S.R. 795(E), dated 24.12.2020.]

Rule 10. Where Articles Contains Entrenchment Provisions:

Where the articles contain the provisions for entrenchment, the company shall give notice to the Registrar of such provisions in SPICe+ (Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically Plus: INC-32), as the case may be, along with the fee as provided in the Companies (Registration offices and fees) Rules, 2014 at the time of incorporation of the company or in case of existing companies, the same shall be filed in Form No. MGT-14 within thirty days from the date of entrenchment of the articles, as the case may be, along with the fee as provided in the Companies (Registration offices and fees) Rules, 2014.

Rule 11. Model Articles

The model articles as prescribed in Table F, G, H, I and J
of Schedule I may be adopted by a company as may be applicable to the case of
the company, either in totality or otherwise.

Rule 12. Application for incorporation of companies:

An application for registration of a company shall be filed, with the Registrar within whose jurisdiction the registered office of the company is proposed to be situated, in SPICe+ (Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically Plus: INC-32) along with the fee as provided under the Companies (Registration offices and fees) Rules, 2014;

Provided that in case pursuing of any of the objects of a
company requires registration or approval from sectoral regulators such as the
Reserve Bank of India, the Securities and Exchange Board, registration or
approval, as the case may be, from such regulator shall be obtained by the
proposed company before pursuing such objects and a declaration in this behalf
shall be submitted at the stage of incorporation of the company.

Rule 13. Signing of memorandum and articles:

The Memorandum and Articles of Association of the company
shall be signed in the following manner, namely: –

(1) The memorandum and articles of association of the
company shall be signed by each subscriber to the memorandum, who shall add his
name, address, description and occupation, if any, in the presence of at least
one witness who shall attest the signature and shall likewise sign and add his
name, address, description and occupation, if any and the witness shall state
that “I witness to subscriber/subscriber(s), who has/have subscribed and signed
in my presence (date and place to be given); further I have verified his or
their Identity Details (ID) for their identification and satisfied myself of
his/her/their identification particulars as filled in”

(2) Where a subscriber to the memorandum is illiterate, he
shall affix his thumb impression or mark which shall be described as such by
the person, writing for him, who shall place the name of the subscriber against
or below the mark and authenticate it by his own signature and he shall also
write against the name of the subscriber, the number of shares taken by him.

Explanation: For
the purposes of sub-rule (1) and sub-rule (2), the type written or printed
particulars of the subscribers and witnesses shall be allowed as if it is
written by the subscriber and witness respectively so long as the subscriber
and the witness as the case may be appends his or her signature or thumb
impression, as the case may be.

(3) Such person shall also read and explain the contents of
the memorandum and articles of association to the subscriber and make an
endorsement to that effect on the memorandum and articles of association.

(4) Where the subscriber to the memorandum is a body
corporate, the memorandum and articles of association shall be signed by
director, officer or employee of the body corporate duly authorized in this
behalf by a resolution of the board of directors of the body corporate and
where the subscriber is a Limited Liability Partnership, it shall be signed by
a partner of the Limited Liability Partnership, duly authorized by a resolution
approved by all the partners of the Limited Liability Partnership:

Provided that in either case, the person so authorized shall
not, at the same time, be a subscriber to the memorandum and articles of
Association.

(5) Where subscriber to the memorandum is a foreign national
residing outside India-

(a) in a country in any part of the
Commonwealth, his signatures and address on the memorandum and articles of
association and proof of identity shall be notarized by a Notary (Public) in
that part of the Commonwealth.

(b) in a country which is a party
to the Hague Apostille Convention, 1961, his signatures and address on the
memorandum and articles of association and proof of identity shall be notarized
before the Notary (Public) of the country of his origin and be duly
apostillised in accordance with the said Hague Convention.

(c) in a country outside the
Commonwealth and which is not a party to the Hague Apostille Convention, 1961,
his signatures and address on the memorandum and articles of association and
proof of identity, shall be notarized before the Notary (Public) of such
country and the certificate of the Notary (Public) shall be authenticated by a
Diplomatic or Consular Officer empowered in this behalf under section 3 of the
Diplomatic and Consular Officers (Oaths and Fees) Act, 1948 (40 of 1948) or,
where there is no such officer by any of the officials mentioned in section 6
of the Commissioners of Oaths Act, 1889 (52 and 53 Vic.C.10), or in any Act
amending the same;

(d) visited in India and intended
to incorporate a company, in such case the incorporation shall be allowed if,
he/she is having a valid Business Visa.

Explanation:
For the purposes of this clause, it is hereby clarified that, in case of Person
is of Indian Origin or Overseas Citizen of India, requirement of business Visa
shall not be applicable.

Rule 14. Declaration by professionals:

For the purposes of clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 7, the declaration by an advocate, a Chartered Accountant, Cost accountant or Company Secretary in practice shall be in Form No. INC-8.

Explanation (i) “chartered accountant” means a chartered
accountant as defined in clause (b) of sub section 1 of section 2 of the
Chartered Accountants Act, 1949 (ii) “Cost Accountant” means a cost accountant
as defined in clause (b) of subsection (1) of section 2 of the Cost and Works
Accountants Act, 1959 and (iii) “company secretary” means a “company secretary”
or “secretary” means as defined in clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 2
of the Company Secretaries Act, 1980.

Rule 15. Declaration from Subscribers and First Directors:

For the purposes of clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section
7, the declaration shall be submitted by each of the subscribers to the
memorandum and each of the first directors named in the articles in Form No. INC-9.

Rule 16. Particulars of every subscriber to be filed with the Registrar at the time of incorporation:

(1) The following particulars of every subscriber to the
memorandum shall be filed with the Registrar-

(a) Name (including surname or
family name) and recent Photograph affixed and scan with MOA and AOA:

(b) Father’s/Mother’s/ name:

(c) Nationality:

(d) Date of Birth:

(e) Place of Birth (District and
State):

(f) Educational qualification:

(g) Occupation:

(h) Income-tax permanent account
number:

(i) Permanent residential address
and also Present address (Time since residing at present address and address of
previous residence address (es) if stay of present address is less than one
year) similarly the office/business addresses:

(j) Email id of Subscriber;

(k) Phone No. of Subscriber;

(l) Fax no. of Subscriber
(optional)

Explanation:
information related to (i) to (l) shall be of the individual subscriber and not
of the professional engaged in the incorporation of the company;

(m) Proof of Identity:

For Indian Nationals:

PAN Card (mandatory) and any one
of the following

Voter’s identity card

Passport copy

Driving License copy

Unique Identification Number (UIN)

For Foreign nationals and Non
Resident Indians

Passport

Explanation: In case the subscriber is already holding a valid DIN, and
the particulars provided therein have been updated as on the date of
application, and the declaration to this effect is given in the application,
the proof of identity and residence need not be attached.

(n) Residential proof such as Bank
Statement, Electricity Bill, Telephone / Mobile Bill:

Provided that Bank Statement
Electricity bill, Telephone or Mobile bill shall not be more than two months
old;

(o) Proof of nationality in case
the subscriber is a foreign national.

(p) If the subscriber is already a
director or promoter of a company(s), the particulars relating to-

(i) Name of the company;

(ii) Corporate Identity Number;

(iii) Whether interested as a
director or promoter;

(2) Where the subscriber to the memorandum is a body
corporate, then the following particulars shall be filed with the Registrar-

(a) Corporate Identity Number of
the Company or Registration number of the body corporate, if any

(b) GLN, if any;

(c) the name of the body corporate

(d) the registered office address
or principal place of business;

(e) E-mail Id;

(f) if the body corporate is a
company, certified true copy of the board resolution specifying inter alia the
authorization to subscribe to the memorandum of association of the proposed
company and to make investment in the proposed company, the number of shares
proposed to be subscribed by the body corporate, and the name, address and
designation of the person authorized to subscribe to the Memorandum;

(g) if the body corporate is a
limited liability partnership, certified true copy of the resolution agreed to
by all the partners specifying inter alia the authorization to subscribe to the
memorandum of association of the proposed company and to make investment in the
proposed company, the number of shares proposed to be subscribed in the body
corporate, and the name of the partner authorized to subscribe to the
Memorandum;

(h) the particulars as specified above for subscribers in terms of clause (e) of sub- section (1) of section 7 for the person subscribing for body corporate;

(i) in case of foreign bodies
corporate, the details relating to-

(i) the copy of certificate of
incorporation of the foreign body corporate; and

(ii) the registered office
address.

The particulars of each person mentioned in the articles as
first director of the company and his interest in other firms or bodies
corporate along with his consent to act as director of the company shall be
filed in Form No. DIR-12 along with the fee as provided in the Companies (Registration
Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014.

Rule 18. Certificate of incorporation:

The Certificate of Incorporation shall be issued by the
Registrar in Form No. INC-11 and the Certificate of Incorporation shall mention
permanent account number of the company where it is issued by the Income-tax
Department.

Rule 19. License under section 8 for new companies with charitable objects etc.:

(1) A person or an association of persons (hereinafter referred to in this rule as “the proposed company”), desirous of incorporating a company with limited liability under sub-section (1) of section 8 without the addition to its name of the word “Limited”, or as the case may be, the words “Private Limited”, shall make an application in SPICe+ (Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically Plus: INC-32) along with the fee as provided in the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014 to the Registrar for a license under sub-section (1) of section 8.

(2) The memorandum of association of the proposed company
shall be in Form No. INC-13.

(3) The application under sub-rule (1) shall be accompanied
by the following documents, namely: —

(a) the memorandum and articles of
association of the proposed company;

(b) the declaration in Form No. INC-14 by an Advocate, a Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant or Company Secretary in practice, that the memorandum and articles of association have been drawn up in conformity with the provisions of section 8 and rules made thereunder and that all the requirements of the Act and the rules made thereunder relating to registration of the company under section 8 and matters incidental or supplemental thereto have been complied with;

(c) an estimate of the future
annual income and expenditure of the company for next three years, specifying
the sources of the income and the objects of the expenditure;

(d) the declaration by each of the
persons making the application in Form No. INC-15.

Rule 20. License for existing companies:

(1) A limited company registered under this Act or under any previous company law, with any of the objects specified in clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 8 and the restrictions and prohibitions as mentioned respectively in clause (b) and (c) of that sub-section, and which is desirous of being registered under section 8, without the addition to its name of the word “Limited” or as the case may be, the words “Private Limited”, shall make an application in Form No. INC-12 along with the fee as provided in the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014 to the Registrar for a licence under sub-section (5) of section 8.

(2) The application under sub-rule (1), shall be accompanied
by the following documents, namely: –

(a) the memorandum and articles of
association of the company;

(b) the declaration as given in Form No. INC-14 by an Advocate, a Chartered accountant, Cost Accountant or Company Secretary in Practice, that the memorandum and articles of association have been drawn up in conformity with the provisions of section 8 and rules made thereunder and that all the requirements of the Act and the rules made thereunder relating to registration of the company under section 8 and matters incidental or supplemental thereto have been complied with;

(c) For each of the two financial
years immediately preceding the date of the application, or when the company
has functioned only for one financial year, for such year (i) the financial
statements, (ii) the Board’s reports, and (iii) the audit reports, relating to
existing companies

(d) a statement showing in detail
the assets (with the values thereof), and the liabilities of the company, as on
the date of the application or within thirty days preceding that date;

(e) an estimate of the future
annual income and expenditure of the company for next three years, specifying
the sources of the income and the objects of the expenditure;

(f) the certified copy of the resolutions passed in general/ board meetings approving registration of the company under section 8; and

(g) a declaration by each of the
persons making the application in Form No. INC-15.

(3) The company shall, within a week from the date of making
the application to the Registrar, publish a notice at his own expense, and a
copy of the notice, as published, shall be sent forthwith to the Registrar and
the said notice shall be in Form No. INC-26 and shall be published-

(a) at least once in a vernacular
newspaper in the principal vernacular language of the district in which the
registered office of the proposed company is to be situated or is situated, and
circulating in that district, and at least once in English language in an
English newspaper circulating in that district; and

(b) on the websites as may be
notified by the Central Government.

(4) The Registrar may require the applicant to furnish the
approval or concurrence of any appropriate authority, regulatory body,
department or Ministry of the Central Government or the State Government(s).

(5) The Registrar shall, after considering the objections,
if any, received by it within thirty days from the date of publication of
notice, and after consulting any authority, regulatory body, Department or
Ministry of the Central Government or the State Government(s), as it may, in
its discretion, decide whether the license should or should not be granted.

(6) The licence shall be in Form No. INC-16. or Form No.
INC-17, as the case may be, and the Registrar shall have power to include in
the licence such other conditions as may be deemed necessary by him.

(7) The Registrar may direct the company to insert in its memorandum,
or in its articles, or partly in one and partly in the other, such conditions
of the license as may be specified by the Registrar in this behalf.

Rule 21. Conditions for conversion of a company registered under Section 8 into a company of any other kind:

(1) A company registered under section 8 which intends to convert itself into a company of any other kind shall pass a special resolution at a general meeting for approving such conversion.

(2) The explanatory statement annexed to the notice convening
the general meeting shall set out in detail the reasons for opting for such
conversion including the following, namely: –

(a) the date of incorporation of
the company;

(b) the principal objects of the
company as set out in the memorandum of association;

(c) the reasons as to why the activities for achieving the objects of the company cannot be carried on in the current structure i.e. as a section 8 company;

(d) if the principal or main
objects of the company are proposed to be altered, what would be the altered
objects and the reasons for the alteration;

(e) what are the privileges or
concessions currently enjoyed by the company, such as tax exemptions, approvals
for receiving donations or contributions including foreign contributions, land
and other immovable properties, if any, that were acquired by the company at
concessional rates or prices or gratuitously and, if so, the market prices
prevalent at the time of acquisition and the price that was paid by the
company, details of any donations or bequests received by the company with
conditions attached to their utilization etc.

(f) details of impact of the
proposed conversion on the members of the company including details of any
benefits that may accrue to the members as a result of the conversion.

(3) A certified true copy of the special resolution along
with a copy of the Notice convening the meeting including the explanatory
statement shall be filed with the Registrar in Form No. MGT-14 along with the
fee

(4) The company shall file an application in Form No. INC-18
with the Regional Director with the fee along with a certified true copy of the
special resolution and a copy of the Notice convening the meeting including the
explanatory statement for approval for converting itself into a company of any
other kind and the company shall also attach the proof of serving of the notice
served to all the authorities mentioned in sub-rule (2) of rule 22.

(5) A copy of the application with annexures as filed with
the Regional Director shall also be filed with the Registrar.

Rule 22. Other conditions to be complied with by companies registered under section 8 seeking conversion into any other kind:

(1) The company shall, within a week from the date of
submitting the application to the Regional Director, publish a notice at its
own expense, and a copy of the notice, as published, shall be sent forthwith to
the Regional Director and the said notice shall be in Form No. INC-19 and shall
be published-

(a) at least once in a vernacular
newspaper in the principal vernacular language of the district in which the
registered office of the company is situated, and having a wide circulation in
that district, and at least once in English language in an English newspaper
having a wide circulation in that district; and

(b) on the website of the company,
if any, and as may be notified or directed by the Central Government.

(2) The company shall send a copy of the notice,
simultaneously with its publication, together with a copy of the application
and all attachments by registered post or hand delivery, to the Chief
Commissioner of Income Tax having jurisdiction over the company, Income Tax
Officer who has jurisdiction over the company, the Charity Commissioner, the
Chief Secretary of the State in which the registered office of the company is situated,
any organisation or Department of the Central Government or State Government or
other authority under whose jurisdiction the company has been operating and if
any of these authorities wish to make any representation to Regional Director,
it shall do so within sixty days of the receipt of the notice, after giving an
opportunity to the Company.

(3) The copy of proof of serving such notice shall be
attached to the application.

(4) The Board of directors shall give a declaration to the
effect that no portion of the income or property of the company has been or
shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividend or bonus
or otherwise to persons who are or have been members of the company or to any
one or more of them or to any persons claiming through any one or more of them.

(4) Where the company has obtained any special status,
privilege, exemption, benefit or grant(s) from any authority such as Income Tax
Department, Charity Commissioner or any organisation or Department of Central Government,
State Government, Municipal Body or any recognized authority, a “No Objection
Certificate” must be obtained, if required under the terms of the said special
status, privilege, exemption, benefit or grant(s) from the concerned authority
and filed with the Regional Director, along with the application.

(5) The company should have filed all its financial
statements and Annual Returns upto the financial year preceding the submission
of the application to the Regional Director and all other returns required to
be filed under the Act up to the date of submitting the application to the
Regional Director and in the event the application is made after the expiry of
three months from the date of preceding financial year to which the financial
statement has been filed, a statement of the financial position duly certified
by chartered accountant made up to a date not preceding thirty days of filing
the application shall be attached.

(6) The company shall attach with the application a certificate from practicing Chartered Accountant or Company Secretary in practice or Cost Accountant in practice certifying that the conditions laid down in the Act and these rules relating to conversion of a company registered under section 8 into any other kind of company, have been complied with.

(7) The Regional Director may require the applicant to
furnish the approval or concurrence of any particular authority for grant of
his approval for the conversion and he may also obtain the report from the
Registrar

(8) On receipt of the application, and on being satisfied,
the Regional Director shall issue an order approving the conversion of the
company into a company of any other kind subject to such terms and conditions
as may be imposed in the facts and circumstances of each case including the
following conditions, namely; –

(a) the company shall give up and shall not claim, with effect from the date its conversion takes effect, any special status, exemptions or privileges that it enjoyed by virtue of having been registered under the provisions of section 8;

(b) if the company had acquired any
immovable property free of cost or at a concessional cost from any government
or authority, it may be required to pay the difference between the cost at
which it acquired such property and the market price of such property at the
time of conversion either to the government or to the authority that provided
the immovable property;

(c) any accumulated profit or
unutilised income of the company brought forward from previous years shall be
first utilized to settle all outstanding statutory dues, amounts due to lenders
claims of creditors, suppliers, service providers and others including
employees and lastly any loans advanced by the promoters or members or any
other amounts due to them and the balance, if any, shall be transferred to the
Investor Education and Protection Fund within thirty days of receiving the
approval for conversion;

(9) Before imposing the conditions or rejecting the
application, the company shall be given a reasonable opportunity of being heard
by the Regional Director

(10) On receipt of the approval of the Regional Director,

(i) the company shall convene a general meeting of its members to pass a special resolution for amending its memorandum of association and articles of association as required under the Act consequent to the conversion of the section 8 company into a company of any other kind;

(ii) the Company shall thereafter
file with the Registrar. –

(a) a certified copy of the
approval of the Regional Director within thirty days from the date of receipt
of the order in Form No. INC-20 along with the fee;

(b) amended memorandum of
association and articles of association of the company.

(c) a declaration by the directors
that the conditions, if any imposed by the Regional Director have been fully
complied with.

(11) On receipt of the documents referred to in sub rule
(10) above, the Registrar shall register the documents and issue the fresh
Certificate of Incorporation.

Rule 23. Intimation to Registrar of revocation of licence issued under section 8:

Where the licence granted to a company registered under section 8 has been revoked, the company shall apply to the Registrar in Form No. INC-20 along with the fee to convert its status and change of name accordingly.

Rule 23A. Declaration at the time of commencement of business:

The declaration under section 10A by a director shall be in Form No.INC-20A and shall be filed as provided in the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014 and the contents of the said form shall be verified by a Company Secretary or a Chartered Accountant or a Cost Accountant, in practice:

Provided that in the case of a company pursuing objects
requiring registration or approval from any sectoral regulators such as the
Reserve Bank of India, Securities and Exchange Board of India, etc., the
registration or approval, as the case may be from such regulator shall also be
obtained and attached with the declaration.

Rule 24. Declaration at the time of commencement of business: Omitted w.e.f. 29-05-2015

Rule 25. Verification of registered office:

(1) The verification of the registered office shall be filed
in Form No. INC-22 along with the fee, and

(2) There shall be attached to said Form, any of the
following documents, namely: –

(a) the registered document of the
title of the premises of the registered office in the name of the company; or

(b) the notarized copy of lease or
rent agreement in the name of the company along with a copy of rent paid
receipt not older than one month;

(c) the authorization from the
owner or authorized occupant of the premises along with proof of ownership or
occupancy authorization, to use the premises by the company as its registered
office; and

(d) the proof of evidence of any
utility service like telephone, gas, electricity, etc. depicting the address of
the premises in the name of the owner or document, as the case may be, which is
not older than two months.

Rule 25A. Active Company Tagging Identities and Verification (ACTIVE):

(1) Every company incorporated on or before the 31st
December, 2017 shall file the particulars of the company and its registered
office, in e-Form ACTIVE (Active Company Tagging Identities and Verification)
on or before 15.06.2019.

Provided that any company which has not filed its due financial statements under section 137 or due annual returns under section 92 or both with the Registrar shall be restricted from filing e-Form-ACTIVE, unless such company is under management dispute and the Registrar has recorded the same on the register:

Provided further that companies which have been struck off
or are under process of striking off or under liquidation or amalgamated or
dissolved, as recorded in the register, shall not be required to file e-Form
ACTIVE:

Provided also that in case a company does not intimate the said particulars, the Company shall be marked as “ACTIVE-non-compliant” on or after 16th June, 2019 and shall be liable for action under sub-section (9) of section 12 of the Act:

Provided also that no request for recording the following
event based information or changes shall be accepted by the Registrar from such
companies marked as “ACTIVE-non-compliant”, unless “ e-Form ACTIVE” is filed-

(i) SH-07 (Change in Authorized
Capital);

(ii) PAS-03 (Change in Paid-up
Capital);

(iii) DIR-12 (changes in Director
except in case of:

(a) cessation of any director or

(b) appointment of directors in such company where the total number of directors are less than the minimum number provided in clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 149 on account of disqualification of all or any of the director under section 164.

(c) appointment of any director
in such company where DINs of all or any its director(s) have been deactivated.

(d) appointment of director(s)
for implementation of the order passed by the Court or Tribunal or Appellate
Tribunal under the provisions of this Act or under the Insolvency and
Bankruptcy Code, 2016);

(iv) INC-22 (Change in Registered
Office);

(v) INC-28 (Amalgamation,
de-merger)

(2) Where a company files “e-Form ACTIVE”, on or after 16th
June, 2019, the company shall be marked as “ACTIVE Compliant”, on payment of
fee of ten thousand rupees.

Rule 26. Publication of name by company:

(1) Every company
which has a website for conducting online business or otherwise, shall
disclose/publish its name, address of its registered office, the Corporate
Identity Number, Telephone number, fax number if any, email and the name of the
person who may be contacted in case of any queries or grievances on the
landing/home page of the said website.

(2) The Central Government
may as and when required, notify the other documents on which the name of the
company shall be printed.

Rule 27. Notice and verification of change of situation of the registered office:

The notice of change of the situation of the registered office and verification thereof shall be filed in Form No. INC-22 along with the fee and shall be attached to the said form, the similar documents and manner of verification as are specified for verification of Registered office on incorporation in terms of sub-section (2) of section 12.

Rule 28. Shifting of registered office within the same State:

(1) An application
seeking confirmation from the Regional Director for shifting the registered
office within the same State from the jurisdiction of one Registrar of Companies
to the jurisdiction of another Registrar of Companies, shall be filed by the
company with the Regional Director in Form No INC-23 along with the fee and
following documents, —

(a) Board Resolution for shifting
of registered office;

(b) Special Resolution of the
members of the company approving the shifting of registered office;

(c) a declaration given by the Key
Managerial Personnel or any two directors authorised by the Board, that the
company has not defaulted in payment of dues to its workmen and has either the
consent of its creditors for the proposed shifting or has made necessary
provision for the payment thereof;

(d) a declaration not to seek
change in the jurisdiction of the Court where cases for prosecution are
pending;

(e) acknowledged copy of intimation
to the Chief Secretary of the State as to the proposed shifting and that the
employees interest is not adversely affected consequent to proposed shifting

(2) The Regional Director shall examine the application
referred to in sub-rule (1) and the application may be put up for orders
without hearing and the order either approving or rejecting the application
shall be passed within fifteen days of the receipt of application complete in
all respects.

(3) The certified copy of order of the Regional Director,
approving the alternation of memorandum for transfer of registered office
company within the same State, shall be filed in Form No.INC-28 along with fee
with the Registrar of State within thirty days from the date of receipt of
certified copy of the order.

Rule 29. Alteration of Memorandum by change of name:

(1) The change of name shall not be allowed to a company
which has not filed annual returns or financial statements due for filing with
the Registrar or which has failed to pay or repay matured deposits or
debentures or interest thereon:

Provided that the change of name shall be allowed upon
filing necessary documents or payment or repayment of matured deposits or
debentures or interest thereon as the case may be.

(2) An application shall be filed in Form No. INC-24 along
with the fee for change in the name of the company and a new certificate of
incorporation in Form No. INC-25 shall be issued to the company consequent upon
change of name.

Rule 30. Shifting of registered office from one State or Union territory to another State:

(1) An application under sub-section (4) of section 13, for the purpose of seeking approval for alteration of memorandum with regard to the change of place of the registered office from one State Government or Union territory to another, shall be filed with the Central Government in Form No. INC-23 along with the fee and shall be accompanied by the following documents, namely: —

(a) a copy of Memorandum of
Association, with proposed alterations;

(b) a copy of the minutes of the general
meeting at which the resolution authorising such alteration was passed, giving
details of the number of votes cast in favour or against the resolution;

(c) a copy of Board Resolution or
Power of Attorney or the executed Vakalatnama, as the case may be.

(2) There shall be
attached to the application, a list of creditors and debenture holders, drawn
up to the latest practicable date preceding the date of filing of application
by not more than one month, setting forth the following details, namely: –

(a) the names and address of every
creditor and debenture holder of the company;

(b) the nature and respective
amounts due to them in respect of debts, claims or liabilities:

Provided that the list of creditors and debenture holders,
accompanied by declaration signed by the Company Secretary of the company, if
any, and not less than two directors of the company, one of whom shall be a
managing director, where there is one, stating that

(i) they have made a full enquiry
into the affairs of the company and, having done so, have concluded that the
list of creditors are correct, and that the estimated value as given in the
list of the debts or claims payable on a contingency or not ascertained are
proper estimates of the values of such debts and claims and that there are no
other debts of or claims against the company to their knowledge, and

(ii) no employee shall be
retrenched as a consequence of shifting of the registered office from one state
to another state and also there shall be an application filed by the company to
the Chief Secretary of the concerned State Government or the Union territory.

(3) A duly
authenticated copy of the list of creditors shall be kept at the registered
office of the company and any person desirous of inspecting the same may, at
any time during the ordinary hours of business, inspect and take extracts from
the same on payment of a sum not exceeding ten rupees per page to the company.

(4) There shall
also be attached to the application a copy of the acknowledgment of service of
a copy of the application with complete annexures to the Registrar and Chief
Secretary of the State Government or Union territory where the registered
office is situated at the time of filing the application.

(5) The company
shall, not more than thirty days before the date of filing the application in
Form No. INC-23 –

(a) advertise in the Form No. INC-26 in the vernacular
newspaper in the principal vernacular language in the district and in English language
in an English newspaper with wide circulation in the state in which the
registered office of the company is situated:

Provided that a copy of
advertisement shall be served on the Central Government immediately on its
publication.

(b) serve, by registered post with
acknowledgement due, individual notice, to the effect set out in clause (a) on
each debenture-holder and creditor of the company; and

(c) serve, by registered post with
acknowledgement due, a notice together with the copy of the application to the
Registrar and to the Securities and Exchange Board of India, in the case of
listed companies and to the regulatory body, if the company is regulated under
any special Act or law for the time being in force.

(6) There shall be
attached to the application a duly authenticated copy of the advertisement and
notices issued under sub-rule (5), a copy each of the objection received by the
applicant, and tabulated details of responses along with the counter-response
from the company received either in the electronic mode or in physical mode in
response to the advertisements and notices issued under sub-rule (5).

(7) Where no
objection has been received from any person in response to the advertisement or
notice under sub-rule (5) or otherwise, the application may be put up for
orders without hearing and the order either approving or rejecting the
application shall be passed within fifteen days of the receipt of the
application.

(8) Where an
objection has been received,

(i) the Central Government shall
hold a hearing or hearings, as required and direct the company to file an
affidavit to record the consensus reached at the hearing, upon executing which,
the Central Government shall pass an order approving the shifting, within sixty
days of filing the application.

(ii) where no consensus is reached
at the hearings the company shall file an affidavit specifying the manner in
which objection is to be resolved within a definite time frame, duly reserving
the original jurisdiction to the objector for pursuing its legal remedies, even
after the registered office is shifted, upon execution of which the Central
Government shall pass an order confirming or rejecting the alteration within
sixty days of the filing of application.

(9) The order
passed by the Central Government confirming the alteration may be on such terms
and conditions, if any, as it thinks fit, and may include such order as to
costs as it thinks proper:

Provided that the shifting of registered office shall not be
allowed if any inquiry, inspection or investigation has been initiated against
the company or any prosecution is pending against the company under the Act.

(10) On completion
of such inquiry, inspection or investigation as a consequence of which no
prosecution is envisaged or no prosecution is pending, shifting of registered
office shall be allowed.

Rule 31. Certified Copy of Central Government’s Order:

The certified copy of the order of the Central Government,
approving the alteration of the memorandum for transfer of registered office of
the company from one State to another, shall be filed in Form No. INC-28 along with the fee as with the Registrar of the
State within thirty days from the date of receipt of certified copy of the
order.

Rule 32. Change of objects for which money is raised through prospectus.

(1) Where the
company has raised money from public through prospectus and has any unutilised
amount out of the money so raised, it shall not change the objects for which
the money so raised is to be applied unless a special resolution is passed
through postal ballot and the notice in respect of the resolution for altering
the objects shall contain the following particulars, namely: –

(a) the total money received;

(b) the total money utilized for
the objects stated in the prospectus;

(c) the unutilized amount out of
the money so raised through prospectus,

(d) the particulars of the proposed
alteration or change in the objects;

(e) the justification for the
alteration or change in the objects;

(f) the amount proposed to be
utilised for the new objects;

(g) the estimated financial impact
of the proposed alteration on the earnings and cash flow of the company;

(h) the other relevant information
which is necessary for the members to take an informed decision on the proposed
resolution;

(i) the place from where any interested
person may obtain a copy of the notice of resolution to be passed.

(2) The advertisement giving details of each resolution to
be passed for change in objects which shall be published simultaneously with
the dispatch of postal ballot notices to shareholders.

(3) The notice shall also be placed on the website of the
company, if any.

Rule 33. Alteration of articles:

(1) For effecting the conversion of a private company into a
public company or vice versa, the application shall be filed in Form No. INC-27
with fee.

(2) subject to the provision of sub-rule (1), for effecting
the conversion of a public company into a private company, a copy of order of
the Tribunal approving the alteration, shall be filed with the Registrar in
Form No.INC-27 with fee together with the printed copy of altered articles
within fifteen days from the date of receipt of the order from the Tribunal.

Rule 34. Copies of memorandum and articles, etc. to be given to members on request being made by them:

A company shall on payment of fee, send a copy of each of
the following documents to a member within seven days of the request being made
by him-

(1) the memorandum;

(2) the articles;

(3) every agreement and every resolution referred to in sub-section (1) of section 117, if and so far as they have not been embodied in the memorandum and articles.

Rule 35. Service of documents:

(1) A document may be served on a company or an officer
thereof through electronic transmission.

(2) For the purposes of sub-rule (1), the term, “electronic
transmission” means a communication–

(a) delivered by –

(i) facsimile telecommunication or
electronic mail when directed to the facsimile number or electronic mail address,
respectively, which the company or the officer has provided from time to time
for sending communications to the company or the officer respectively;

(ii) posting of an electronic
message board or network that the company or the officer has designated for
such communications, and which transmission shall be validly delivered upon the
posting; or

(iii) other means of electronic
communication, in respect of which the company or the officer has put in place
reasonable systems to verify that the sender is the person purporting to send
the transmission; and

(b) that creates a record that is
capable of retention, retrieval and review, and which may thereafter be
rendered into clearly legible tangible form.

(3) A document may be served on the Registrar or any member
through electronic transmission.

(4) For the purposes of sub-rule (3), the term, “electronic
transmission” means a communication –

(a) delivered by –

(i) facsimile telecommunication or
electronic mail when directed to the facsimile number or electronic mail
address, respectively, which the Registrar or the member has provided from time
to time for sending communications to the Registrar or the member respectively;

(ii) posting of an electronic
message board or network that the Registrar or the member has designated for
those communications, and which transmission shall be validly delivered upon
the posting; or

(iii) other means of electronic
communication, in respect of which the Registrar or the member has put in place
reasonable systems to verify that the sender is the person purporting to send
the transmission, and

(b) that creates a record that is
capable of retention, retrieval and review, and which may thereafter be
rendered into clearly legible tangible form.

(5) For the purposes of sub-section (1) and (2) of section 20, ‘‘courier’’ means a document sent through a courier which provides proof of delivery.

(6) In case of delivery by post, such service shall be
deemed to have been effected-

(i) in the case of a notice of a
meeting, at the expiration of forty eight hours after the letter containing the
same is posted; and

(ii) in any other case, at the time
at which the letter would be delivered in the ordinary course of post.

Rule 36. Integrated Process for Incorporation [Omitted w.e.f. 01.01.2017]

Rule 37. Conversion of unlimited liability company into a limited liability company by shares or guarantee:

(1) Without prejudice to any other provision in the
Companies Act, for effecting the conversion of an unlimited liability company
with or without share capital into limited liability company by shares or
guarantee, such a company shall pass a special resolution in a general meeting
and thereafter, an application shall be filed in Form No. INC-27 in the manner
provided in sub-rules (2) and (3).

(2) The Company shall within seven days from the date of
passing of the special resolution in a general meeting, publish a notice in
Form No. INC-27A of such proposed conversion in two newspapers (one in English
and one in vernacular language) in the district in which the registered office
of the company is situate and shall also place the same on the website of the
Company, if any, indicating clearly the proposal of conversion of the company
into a company limited by shares or guarantee, and seeking objections if any, from
the persons interested in its affairs to such conversion and cause a copy of
such notice to be dispatched to its creditors and debentures holders made as on
the date of notice of the general meeting by registered post or by speed post
or through courier with proof of dispatch. The notice shall also state that the
objections, if any, may be intimated to the Registrar and to the company within
twenty-one days of the date of publication of the notice, duly indicating
nature of interest and grounds of opposition.

(3) The Company shall within forty five days of passing of
the special resolution file an application as prescribed in sub rule (1) for
its conversion into a company limited by shares or guarantee along with the
fees as provided in the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014,
by attaching the following documents, namely: –

a. notice of the general meeting
along with explanatory statement;

b. copy of the resolution passed in
the general meeting;

c. copy of the newspaper publication;

d. a copy of altered Memorandum of
Association as well as Articles of Association duly certified by any one of the
Directors duly authorised in this behalf or Company Secretary of the Company,
if any.

e. declaration signed by not less
than two Directors of the Company, including Managing Director, if any, that
such conversion shall not affect any debts, liabilities, obligations or
contracts incurred or entered into by or on behalf of the Company before
conversion (except to the extent that the liability of the members shall become
limited).

f. a complete list of creditors and
debenture holders, to whom individual notices have been sent under sub-rule (2)
setting forth the following details, namely: –

(i) the names and address of every
creditor and debenture holder of the Company;

(ii) the nature and respective
amounts due to them in respect of debts, claims or liabilities:

(iii) declaration by a Director of
the Company that notice as required under sub-rule (2) has been dispatched to
all the creditors and debenture holders with proof of dispatch.

g. a declaration signed by not less
than two Directors of the Company, one of whom shall be a Managing Director
where there is one, to the effect that they have made a full enquiry into the
affairs of the Company and, having done so, have formed an opinion that the
list of creditors is correct, and that the estimated value as given in the list
of the debts or claims payable on a contingency are proper estimates of the
values of such debts and claims and that there are no other debts or claims
against the company to their knowledge.

h. a declaration of solvency signed
by at least two Directors of the Company, one of whom shall be the Managing
Director, where there is one to the effect that the Board of Directors of the
Company have made a full inquiry into the affairs of the company, as a result
of which they have formed an opinion that it is capable of meeting its
liabilities and will not be rendered insolvent within a period of one year from
the date of declaration, through a resolution, passed in a duly convened
meeting or by circulation.

i. The company shall also obtain a
certificate from the Auditors that the company is solvent and that it is a
going concern as on the date of passing of resolution by the Board certifying
solvency as per clause (h) above.

j. No Objection Certificate from
sectoral regulator, if applicable.

k. No Objection Certificate from
all secured creditors, if any.

(4) Declaration signed by not less than two Directors
including Managing Director, where there is one, that no complaints are pending
against the company from the members or investors and no inquiry, inspection or
investigation is pending against the company or its Directors or officers.

(5) The Registrar shall, after considering the application
and objections if any, received by the Registrar and after ensuring that the
company has satisfactorily addressed the objections received by the company,
suitably decide whether the approval for conversion should or should not be
granted.

(6) The certificate of incorporation consequent to
conversion of unlimited liability company to into a company limited by shares
or guarantee be in Form INC-11A issued to the company upon grant of approval
for conversion.

(7) Conditions to be complied with, subsequent to
conversion. –

(1) Company shall not change its
name for a period of one year from the date of such conversion.

(2) The company shall not declare
or distribute any dividend without satisfying past debts, liabilities,
obligations or contracts incurred or entered into before conversion.

Explanation:
For the purpose of this clause, past debts, liabilities, obligations or
contracts does not include secured debts due to banks and financial
institutions.

(8) An Unlimited Liability Company shall not be eligible for
conversion into a company limited by shares or guarantee in case-

(a) its net worth is negative, or

(b) an application is pending under
the provisions of the Companies Act 1956 or the Companies Act, 2013 for
striking off its name, or

(c) the company is in default of
any of its Annual Returns or financial statements under the provisions of the
Companies Act, 1956 or the Companies Act, 2013, or

(d) a petition for winding up is
pending against the company, or

(e) the company has not received
amount due on calls in arrears, from its directors, for a period of not less
than six months from the due date; or

(f) an inquiry, inspection or
investigation is pending against the company.

(9) The Registrar of Companies shall take a decision on the application
filed under these rules within thirty days from the date of receipt of
application complete in all respects.

Rule 38. Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically Plus (SPICE+):

(1) The application for incorporation of a company under this rule shall be in SPICe+ (Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically Plus: INC-32) alongwith e-Memorandum of Association (e-MOA) in Form No. INC-33 and e-Articles of Association (e-AOA) in Form No. INC-34.

Provided that in case of incorporation of a company falling under section 8 of the Act, SPICe+ (Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically Plus: INC-32) shall be filed along with FORM No. INC-13 (Memorandum of Association) and FORM No. INC-31 (Articles of Association) as attachments.

Provided further that in case of incorporation of a company
having more than seven subscribers or where any of the subscriber to the
MOA/AOA is signing at a place outside India, MOA/AOA shall be filed with INC-32
(SPICe) in the respective formats as specified in Table A to J in
Schedule I without filing form INC-33 and INC-34.

(2) For the purposes of sub-rule (1), the application for allotment of Director Identification Number upto three Directors, reservation of a name, incorporation of company and appointment of Directors of the proposed for One Person Company, private company, public company and a company falling under section 8 of the Act, shall be filed in SPICe+ (Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically Plus: INC-32), with the Registrar, within whose jurisdiction the registered office of the company is proposed to be situated along with the fee of rupees five hundred in addition to the registration fee as specified in the Companies (Registration of Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014:

Provided that where an applicant has applied for reservation
of a name under Rule 9 and which has been approved therein, he may fill the
reserved name as proposed name of the company.

Provided further that in case of companies incorporated,
with effect from the 26th day of January, 2018, with a nominal capital of less
than or equal to rupees fifteen lakhs or in respect of companies not having a
share capital whose number of members as stated in the articles of association
does not exceed twenty, fee on INC-32 (SPICe) shall not be applicable.

(3) For the purposes of filing SPICe Form, the particulars of maximum of three directors shall be allowed to be filled in SPICe+ (Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically Plus: INC-32), and allotment of Director Identification Number of maximum of three proposed directors shall be permitted in SPICe+ (Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically Plus: INC-32) in case of proposed directors not having approved Director Identification Number.

(4) The promoter or applicant of the proposed company shall propose only one name in SPICe+ (Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically Plus: INC-32).

(5) The promoter or applicant of the proposed company shall
prepare Memorandum of Association (e-MoA) in FORM No. INC-33 and
Articles of Association (e-AoA) in FORM No. INC-34, in accordance with
rule 13.

Provided that the subscribers and witness or witnesses shall
affix their digital signatures to the e-MoA and e-AoA.

(6) For incorporation using application as provided in this rule, provisions of the sub-clause (i) of sub-section (5) of section 4 of the Act, rule 9, and clause (a) of sub-rule (1) of rule 16 to the extent of affixing recent photograph shall not apply.

(7) A company using the provisions of this rule may furnish verification of its registered office under sub-section (2) of section 12 of the Act by filing SPICe+ (Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically Plus: INC-32) in which case the company shall attach along with such SPICe+ (Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically Plus: INC-32), any of the documents referred to in sub-rule (2) of rule 25.

(8) FORM No. INC-22 shall not be required to be filed
in case the proposed company maintains its registered office at the given
correspondence address.

(9) (a) Where the Registrar, on examining SPICe+ (Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically Plus: INC-32), finds that it is necessary to call for further information or finds such application or document to be defective or incomplete in any respect, he shall give intimation to the applicant to remove the defects and re-submit the e-form within fifteen days from the date of such intimation given by the Registrar.

(b) After the resubmission of the document, if the registrar
still finds that the document is defective or incomplete in any respect, he
shall give one more opportunity of fifteen days to remove such defects or
deficiencies. Provided that the total period for re-submission of documents
shall not exceed thirty days.

(10) The Certificate of Incorporation of company shall be
issued by the Registrar in Form No. INC-11.

Rule 38A. Application for registration of the Goods and Service Tax Identification Number (GSTIN), Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) registration, Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) registration and Profession Tax Registration and Opening of Bank Account:

The application for incorporation of a company under rule 38
shall be accompanied by e-form AGILE-PRO (INC-35) containing an application for
registration of the following numbers, namely:-

(a) GSTIN with effect from 31st
March, 2019

(b) EPFO with effect from 8th
April, 2019

(c) ESIC with effect from 15th
April, 2019

(d) Profession Tax Registration
with effect from the 23rd February, 2020

(e) Opening of Bank Account with
effect from 23rd February, 2020.

Rule 39. Conversion of a company limited by guarantee into a company limited by shares:

(1) A company other than a company registered under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 or section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013 may convert itself into a company limited by shares.

(2) The company seeking conversion shall have a share
capital equivalent to the guarantee amount.

(3) A special resolution is passed by its members
authorising such a conversion omitting the guarantee clause in its Memorandum
of Association and altering the Articles of Association to provide for the
articles as are applicable for a company limited by shares.

(4) A copy of the special resolution shall be filed with the
Registrar of Companies in Form No. MGT-14 within thirty days from the date of
passing of the same along with fee as prescribed in the Companies (Registration
Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014.

(5) An application in Form No. INC-27 shall be filed with
the Registrar of Companies within thirty days from date of the passing of the
special resolution enclosing the altered Memorandum of Association and altered
Articles of Association and a list of members with the number of shares held
aggregating to a minimum paid up capital which is equivalent to the amount of
guarantee hither to provided by its members.

(6) The Registrar of Companies shall take a decision on the
application filed under these rules within thirty days from the date of receipt
of application complete in all respects and upon approval of Form No. INC-27,
the company shall be issued with a certificate of incorporation in Form No.
INC-11B
.

Rule 40. Application under sub-section (41) of section 2 for change in financial year:

(1) The application for approval of concerned Regional Director under sub-section (41) of section 2, shall be filed in e-Form No. RD-1 along with the fee as provided in the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014 and shall be accompanied by the following documents, namely:-

(a) grounds and reasons for the
application;

(b) a copy of the minutes of the
board meeting at which the resolution authorising such change was passed,
giving details of the number of votes cast in favour and or against the
resolution;

(c) Power of Attorney or
Memorandum of Appearance, as the case may be;

(d) details of any previous
application made within last five years for change in financial year and
outcome thereof along with copy of order.

(2) Where the Regional Director on examining the
application, referred to in sub-rule (1), finds it necessary to call for
further information or finds such application to be defective or incomplete in
any respect, he shall give intimation of such information called for or defects
or incompleteness, on the last intimated e-mail address of the person or the
company, which has filed such application, directing the person or the company
to furnish such information, or to rectify defects or incompleteness and to
re-submit such application within a period of fifteen days, in e-Form No. RD-GNL-5.

Provided that a maximum of two re-submissions shall be
allowed.

(3) (a) In case where such further information called for
has not been provided or the defects or incompleteness has not been rectified
to the satisfaction of the Regional Director within the period allowed under
sub-rule (2), the Regional Director shall reject the application with reasons
within thirty days from the date of filing application or within thirty days
from the date of last re-submission made as the case may be.

(b) In case where the application is found to be in order,
Regional Director shall allow and convey the order within thirty days from the
date of application or within thirty days from the date of last re-submission,
as the case may be.

(c) where no order for approval or re-submission or
rejection has been explicitly made by the Regional Director within the
stipulated time of thirty days, it shall be deemed that the application stands
approved and an approval order shall be automatically issued to the applicant.

(4) The order conveyed by the Regional Director shall be
filed by the company with the Registrar in Form
No.INC-28
within thirty days from the date of receipt of the order along
with fee as provided in the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules,
2014.

Rule 41. Application under section 14 for conversion of public company into private company:

(1) An application under the second proviso to sub-section (1) of section 14 for the conversion of a public company into a private company, shall, within sixty days from the date of passing of special resolution, be filed with Regional Director in e-Form No. RD-1 along with the fee as provided in the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014 and shall be accompanied by the following documents, namely:-

(a) a draft copy of Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association , with proposed alterations including the alterations pursuant to sub-section (68) of section 2;

(b) a copy of the minutes of the general meeting at which
the special resolution authorising such alteration was passed together with
details of votes cast in favour and or against with names of dissenters;

(c) a copy of Board resolution or Power of Attorney dated
not earlier than thirty days, as the case may be, authorising to file application
for such conversion;

(d) declaration by a key managerial personnel that pursuant to the provisions of sub-section (68) of section 2, the company limits the number of its members to two hundred and also stating that no deposit has been accepted by the company in violation of the Act and rules made thereunder;

(e) declaration by a key managerial personnel that there has been no non-compliance of sections 73 to 76A, 177, 178, 185,186 and 188 of the Act and rules made thereunder;

(f) declaration by a key managerial personnel that no resolution is pending to be filed in terms of sub-section (3) of section 179 and also stating that the company was never listed in any of the Regional Stock Exchanges and if was so listed, all necessary procedures were complied with in full for complete delisting of the shares in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations laid down by Securities Exchange Board of India:

Provided that in case of such companies where no key
managerial personnel is required to be appointed, the aforesaid declarations
shall be filed any of the director.

(2) Every application filed under sub-rule (1) shall set out
the following particulars, namely:-

(a) the date of the Board meeting at which the proposal for
alteration of Memorandum and Articles was approved;

(b) the date of the general meeting at which the proposed
alteration was approved;

(c) reason for conversion into a private company, effect of
such conversion on shareholders, creditors, debenture holders, deposit holders
and other related parties;

(d) details of any conversion made within last five years
and outcome thereof along with copy of order;

(e) details as to whether the company is registered under section 8.

(3) There shall be attached to the application, a list of
creditors, debenture holders, drawn up to the latest practicable date preceding
the date of filing of application by not more than thirty days, setting forth
the following details, namely:-

(a) the names and address of every creditor and debenture holder
of the company;

(b) the nature and respective amounts due to them in respect
of debts, claims or liabilities;

(c) in respect of any contingent or unascertained debt, the
value, so far as can be justly estimated of such debt:

Provided that the company shall file an affidavit, signed by
the Company Secretary of the company, if any, and not less than two directors
of the company, one of whom shall be managing director, where there is one, to
the effect that they have made a full enquiry into affairs of the company and,
having done so, have formed an opinion that the list of creditors and debenture
holders is correct, and that the estimated value as given in the list of the
debts or claims payable on contingency or not ascertained are proper estimates
of the values of such debts and claims that there are no other debts, or claims
against, the company to their knowledge.

(4) A duly authenticated copy of the list of creditors and
debenture holders shall be kept at the registered office of the company and any
person desirous of inspecting the same may, at any time during the ordinary
hours of business, inspect, and take extracts from the same on payment of ten
rupees per page to the company.

(5) The company shall, at least twenty-one days before the
date of filing of the application_

(a) advertise in the Form
No. INC-25A
, in a vernacular newspaper in the principal vernacular language
in the district and in English language in an English newspaper, widely
circulated in the State in which the registered office of the company is
situated;

(b) serve, by registered post with acknowledgement due,
individual notice on each debenture holder and creditor of the company; and

(c) serve, by registered post with acknowledgement due, a
notice to the Regional Director and Registrar and to the regulatory body, if
the company is regulated under any law for the time being in force.

(6) (a) Where no objection has been received from any person
in response to the advertisement or notice referred to in sub-rule (5) and the
application is complete in all respects, the same may be put up for orders
without hearing and the concerned Regional Director shall pass an order
approving the application within thirty days from the date of receipt of the
application.

(b) Where the Regional Director on examining the application
finds it necessary to call for further information or finds such application to
be defective or incomplete in any respect, he shall within thirty days from the
date of receipt of the application, give intimation of such information called
for or defects or incompleteness, on the last intimated e-mail address of the
person or the company, which has filed such application, directing the person
or the company to furnish such information, to rectify defects or
incompleteness and to re-submit such application within a period of fifteen
days in e-Form No. RD-GNL-5:

Provided that maximum of two re-submissions shall be
allowed.

(c) In cases where such further information called for has
not been provided or the defects or incompleteness has not been rectified to
the satisfaction of the Regional Director within the period allowed under sub-
rule (6), the Regional Director shall reject the application with reasons
within thirty days from the date of filing application or within thirty days from
the date of last re-submission made, as the case may be.

(d) Where no order for approval or re-submission or
rejection has been explicitly made by the Regional Director within the
stipulated period of thirty days, it shall be deemed that the application
stands approved and an approval order shall be automatically issued to the
applicant.

(9) (i) Where an objection has been received or Regional
Director on examining the application has specific objection under the
provisions of Act, the same shall be recorded in writing and the Regional
Director shall hold a hearing or hearings within a period thirty days , as
required and direct the company to file an affidavit to record the consensus
reached at the hearing, upon executing which, the Regional Director shall pass
an order either approving or rejecting the application along with reasons
within thirty days from the date of hearing, failing which it shall be deemed
that application has been approved and approval order shall be automatically
issued to the applicant.

(ii) In case where no consensus is received for conversion
within sixty days of filing the application while hearing or otherwise, the
Regional Director shall reject the application within stipulated period of
sixty days:

Provided that the conversion shall not be allowed if any
inquiry, inspection or investigation has been initiated against the company or
any prosecution is pending against the company under the Act.

(10) On completion of such inquiry, inspection or
investigation as a consequence of which no prosecution is envisaged or no
prosecution is pending, conversion shall be allowed.

(11) The order conveyed by the Regional Director
shall be filed by the company with the Registrar in Form No. INC-28 within fifteen days from the date of receipt of
approval along with fee as provided in the Companies (Registration Offices and
Fees) Rules, 2014.



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