Section 21 of Companies Act, 2013 – Authentication of Documents, Proceedings and Contracts

  • Updated Till : September 20, 2023


[Effective from 12th September, 2013]

Save as otherwise provided in this Act,—

(a) a document or proceeding requiring authentication by a company; or

(b) contracts made by or on behalf of a company,

may be signed by any key managerial personnel or [an officer or employee of the company] [1] duly authorised by the Board in this behalf.


In case of a Specified IFSC private company for the words “an officer” the words “an officer or any other person” shall be read vide Notification no. G.S.R. 9(E).dated 04th January, 2017.

In case of a Specified IFSC public company for the words “an officer” the words “an officer or any other person” shall be read vide Notification no. G.S.R. 08(E).dated 04th January, 2017.

[1] Substituted for the words “an officer of the company” by the Companies (Amendment) Act 2017 vide Notification No. File No. 1/1/2018-CL.I dated 9th February, 2018.


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