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

  • Updated Till : November 11, 2018

SECTION 384. DEBENTURES, ANNUAL RETURN, REGISTRATION OF CHARGES,
BOOKS OF ACCOUNT AND THEIR INSPECTION

[Effective from 1st April, 2014]

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

(2) The provisions of section 92 [and section 135] [3] shall, subject to such exceptions, modifications and adaptations as may be made therein by rules made under this Act, apply to a foreign company as they apply to a company incorporated in India.

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

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

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

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

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

Applicable Rules

Companies (Registration of Foreign Companies) Rules, 2014

[Effective from 1st April, 2014]

Rule 7. Annual Return.— Every foreign company shall prepare and file, within a period of sixty days from the last day of its financial year, to the Registrar annual return in Form FC.4 along with such fee as provided in the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014 containing the particulars as they stood on the close of the financial year.

[1] Inserted vide Notification no. G.S.R. 9(E).dated 04th January, 2017.

[2]  Inserted vide Notification no. G.S.R. 9(E).dated 04th January, 2017.

[3] Inserted by the Companies (Amendment) Act 2017 vide Notification No. File No. 1/1/2018-CL.I dated 9th February, 2018.

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