Punishment for Contravention

Notified Date of Section: 01/04/2014

147. (1) If any of the provisions of sections 139 to 146 (both inclusive) is contravened, the company shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than twenty-five thousand rupees but which may extend to five lakh rupees and every officer of the company who is in default shall be punishable 5[Omitted] with fine which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees but which may extend to 6[one lakh rupees].
(2) If an auditor of a company contravenes any of the provisions of section 139, 
7[Omitted], section 144 or section 145, the auditor shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than twenty-five thousand rupees but which may extend to five lakh rupees 1[or four times the remuneration of the auditor, whichever is less]

Provided that if an auditor has contravened such provisions knowingly or wilfully with the intention to deceive the company or its shareholders or creditors or tax authorities, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year and 2[with fine which shall not be less than fifty thousand rupees but which may extend to twenty-five lakh rupees or eight times the remuneration of the auditor, whichever is less]

(3) Where an auditor has been convicted under sub-section (2), he shall be liable to—
(i) refund the remuneration received by him to the company; and
(ii) pay for damages to the company, statutory bodies or authorities
3[or to members or creditors of the company] for loss arising out of incorrect or misleading statements of particulars made in his audit report.

(4) The Central Government shall, by notification, specify any statutory body or authority or an officer for ensuring prompt payment of damages to the company or the persons under clause (ii) of sub-section (3) and such body, authority or officer shall after payment of damages to such company or persons file a report with the Central Government in respect of making such damages in such manner as may be specified in the said notification.

(5) Where, in case of audit of a company being conducted by an audit firm, it is proved that the partner or partners of the audit firm has or have acted in a fraudulent manner or abetted or colluded in any fraud by, or in relation to or by, the company or its directors or officers, the liability, whether civil or criminal as provided in this Act or in any other law for the time being in force, for such act shall be of the partner or partners concerned of the audit firm and of the firm jointly and severally

*4["Provided that in case of criminal liability of an audit firm, in respect of liability other than fine, the concerned partner or partners, who acted in a fraudulent manner or abetted or, as the case may be, colluded in any fraud shall only be liable."]

Amendments

1.Inserted by The Companies (Amendment)Act,2017 :- Amendment effective from 9th february 2018

2.Substituted by the Companies (Amendment) Act,2017 :- Amendment effective from 9th february 2018

In section 147, sub-section (2), in the proviso, for the words:-

and with fine which shall not be less than one lakh rupees but which may extend to twenty-five lakh rupees

the following Clause shall be substituted, namely :-

and with fine which shall not be less than fifty thousand rupees but which may extend to twenty-five lakh rupees or eight times the remuneration of the auditor, whichever is less

3.Substituted by the Companies (Amendment) Act,2017 :- Amendment effective from 9th february 2018

 in sub-section (3), in clause (ii), for the words

or to any other persons

the following Words shall be substituted, namely :-

or to members or creditors of the company

4. Inserted by The Companies (Amendment)Act,2017

5.Omitted by the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2020. Notification dated 28th September, 2020    Amendment Effective from 21st December 2020

Original Omitted Content

with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or

6.Substituted by the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2020. Notification dated 28th September, 2020   Amendment Effective from 21st December 2020

in sub section 1,for the words

one lakh rupees,or with both

the following shall be substituted namely

one lakh rupees

7. Omitted by the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2020. Notification dated 28th September, 2020    Amendment Effective from 21st December 2020

Original Omitted Content

 section 143

Notes

* Proviso of sub section (5) has been notified as on 9th February 2018