Section 397 of Companies Act, 2013 – Admissibility of certain documents as evidence

  • Updated Till : September 21, 2023


[Effective from 1st April, 2014]

Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, any document reproducing or derived from returns and documents filed by a company with the Registrar on paper or in electronic form or stored on any electronic data storage device or computer readable media by the Registrar, and authenticated by the Registrar or any other officer empowered by the Central Government in such manner as may be prescribed, shall be deemed to be a document for the purposes of this Act and the rules made thereunder and shall be admissible in any proceedings thereunder without further proof or production of the original as evidence of any contents of the original or of any fact stated therein of which direct evidence is admissible.

Applicable Rules 

Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014

[Effective from 1st April, 2014]

Rule 6. Seal of Registrar.—The Registrar shall have a seal and such seal shall bear the words “Registrar of Companies, ____________ (Place and State)”.


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