Section 452 of Companies Act, 2013 – Punishment for wrongful withholding of property

  • Updated Till : February 27, 2021


[Effective from 12th September, 2013]

(1) If any officer or employee of a company—

(a)   wrongfully obtains possession of any property, including cash of the company; or

(b)   having any such property including cash in his possession, wrongfully withholds it or knowingly applies it for the purposes other than those expressed or directed in the articles and authorised by this Act,

he shall, on the complaint of the company or of any member or creditor or contributory thereof, be punishable with fine which shall not be less than one lakh rupees but which may extend to five lakh rupees.

(2) The Court trying an offence under sub-section (1) may also order such officer or employee to deliver up or refund, within a time to be fixed by it, any such property or cash wrongfully obtained or wrongfully withheld or knowingly misapplied, the benefits that have been derived from such property or cash or in default, to undergo imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years.


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