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Brentford Electric (India) Limited (Acquisition And Transfer of Undertakings) Act, 1987

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1. Short title and Commencement.
2. Definitions.
3. Transfer to, and vesting in, the Central Government of the undertakings of the Company.
4. General effect of vesting.
5. Company to be liable for certain prior liabilities.
6. Power of Central Government to direct vesting of the undertakings of the Company in Andrew Yule.
7. Payment of amount.
8. Payment of further amounts.
9. Management, etc., of the undertakings of the Company.
10. Duty of persons incharge of management of the undertakings of the Company to deliver all assets, etc.
11. Duty of persons to account for assets, etc., in their possession.
12. Continuance of employees.
13. Provident fund and other funds.
14. Appointment of Commissioner of Payments.
15. Payment by the Central Government to the Commissioner.
16. Certain powers of the Central Government or Andrew Yule.
17. Claims to be made to the Commissioner.
18. Priority of claims.
19. Examination of claims.
20. Admission or rejection of claims.
21. Disbursement of money by the Commissioner to claimants.
22. Disbursement of amounts to the Company.
23. Undisbursed or unclaimed amount to be deposited to the general revenue account.
24. Act to have overriding effect.
25. Contracts to cease to have effect unless ratified by the Central Government or Andrew Yule.
26. Penalties.
27. Offences by companies.
28. Protection of action taken in good faith.
29. Delegation of powers.
30. Power to make rules.
31. Power to remove difficulties.

Brentford Electric (India) Limited (Acquisition And Transfer Of Undertakings) Act, 1987

No. 36 of 1987

1446

[15th September, 1987.]

An Act to provide for the acquisition and transfer of the undertakings of the Brentford Electric (India) Limited, with a view to securing the proper management of such undertakings so as to subserve the interests of the general public by ensuring the continued manufacture and production of electrical equipments which are essential to the needs of the economy of the country and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

WHEREAS the Brentford Electric (India) Limited had been engaged in the manufacture and production of articles mentioned in the First Schedule to the Industries (Development and Regulation) Act, 1951, (65 of 1951) namely, electrical equipments;

AND WHEREAS the management of the undertakings of the Brentford Electric (India) Limited was taken over by the Central Government under section 18AA of the Industries (Development and Regulation) Act, 1951 (65 of 1951);

AND WHEREAS it is necessary to acquire the undertakings of the Brentford Electric (India) Limited to ensure that the interests of the general public are served by the continuance, by the undertakings of the Company, of the manufacture and production of the aforesaid articles, which are essential to the needs of the economy of the country;

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Thirty-eight Year of the Republic of India as follows:-

CHAPTER I

Preliminary

  1. Short title and Commencement.-(1) This Act may be called the Brentford Electric (India) Limited (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Act, 1987.

(2) The provisions of sections 26 and 27 shall come into force at once and the remaining provisions of this Act shall be deemed to have come into force on the 1st day of April, 1986.

Object & Reasons6
  1. Definitions.-In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a) “Andrew Yule” means the Andrew Yule and Company Limited, Calcutta, a company formed and registered under the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956);

(b) “appointed day” means the 1st day of April, 1986;

(c) “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Payments appointed under section 14;

(d) “Company” means the Brentford Electric (India) Limited, a company within the meaning of the Companies Act, 1956 and having its registered office at 8, Clive Row, Calcutta, in the State of West Bengal;

(e) “notification” means a notification published in the Official Gazette;

(f) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act;

(g) “specified date”, in relation to any provision of this Act, means such date as the Central Government may, by notification, specify for the purposes of that provision and different dates may be specified for different provisions of this Act;

(h) words and expressions used herein and not defined but defined in the Companies Act, 1956, (1 of 1956) shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in that Act.

CHAPTER II

Acquisition And Transfer Of The Undertakings Of The Company

  1. Transfer to, and vesting in, the Central Government of the undertakings of the Company.-On the appointed day, the undertakings of the Company, and the right, title and interest of the Company in relation to its undertakings, shall by virtue of this Act, stand transferred to, and vest in, the Central Government.
  2. General effect of vesting.-(1) The undertakings of the Company shall be deemed to include all assets, rights, lease-holds, powers, authorities and privileges, and all property, movable and immovable, including lands, buildings, workshops, stores, instruments, machinery and equipment, cash balances, cash on hand, cheques, demand drafts, reserve funds, investments, book debts, and all other right and interests in, or arising out of, such property as were immediately before the appointed day in the ownership, possession, power or control of the Company, whether within or outside India, and all books of account, registers, records and all other documents of whatever nature relating thereto.

(2) All properties as aforesaid which have vested in the Central Government under section 3 shall, by force of such vesting, be freed and discharged from any trust, obligation, mortgage, charge, lien and all other incumbrances affecting them, and any attachment, injunction, decree or order of any court, tribunal or other authority restricting the use of such properties in any manner shall be deemed to have been withdrawn.

(3) Every mortgagee of any property which has vested under this Act in the Central Government and every person holding any charge, lien or other interest in, or in relation to, any such property, shall give, within such time and in such manner as may be prescribed, as intimation to the Commissioner of such mortgage, charge, lien or other interest.

(4) For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that the mortgagee of any property referred to in sub-section (3) or any other person holding any charge, lien or other interest in, or in relation to, any such property shall be entitled to claim, in accordance with his rights and interests, payment of the mortgage money or other dues, in whole or in part, cut of the amount specified in section 7 and also out of the amounts determined under section 8, but no such mortgage, charge, lien or other interest shall be enforceable against any property which has vested in the Central Government.

(5) Any licence or other instrument granted to the Company in relation to any undertaking which has vested in the Central Government under section 3 at any time before the appointed day and in force immediately before that day shall continue to be in force on and after such day in accordance with its tenor in relation to and for the purposes of such undertaking, and on and from the date of vesting of such undertaking under section 6, in Andrew Yule, that Company shall be deemed to be substituted in such licence or other instrument as if such licence or other instrument had been granted to Andrew Yule and that Company shall hold it for the remainder of the period for which the Company would have held it under the terms thereof.

(6) If, on the appointed day, any suit, appeal or other proceeding of whatever nature in relation to any property which has vested in the Central Government under section 3, instituted or preferred by or against the Company is pending, the same shall not abate, be discontinued or be, in any way, prejudicially affected by reason of the transfer of the undertakings of the Company or of anything contained in this Act, but the suit, appeal or other proceeding may be continued, prosecuted or enforced by or against the Central Government or where the undertakings of the Company are directed, under section 6, to vest in Andrew Yule, by or against Andrew Yule.

  1. Company to be liable for certain prior liabilities.-(1) Every liability of the Company, other than the liabilities specified in sub-section(2), in respect of any period prior to the appointed day, shall be the liability of the Company and shall be enforceable against it and not against the Central Government, or, where the undertakings of the Company are directed, under section 6, to vest in Andrew Yule.

(2) Any liability arising in respect of advances made to the Company for the supply of articles, or in respect of materials supplied to the Company, after the management of the undertakings of the Company had been taken over by the Central Government shall, on and form the appointed day, be the liability of the Central Government or of Andrew Yule, as the case may be, and shall be discharged by that Government or Andrew Yule, as and when payment for such advances or supplies becomes due and payable.

(3) For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that,-

(a) save as otherwise expressly provided in this section or in any other provision of this Act, no liability of the Company, in respect of any period prior to the appointed day, shall be enforceable against the Central Government, or where the undertakings of the Company are directed, under section 6, to vest in Andrew Yule, against Andrew Yule;

(b) no award, decree or order of any court, tribunal or other authority in relation to the undertakings of the Company, passed after the appointed day in respect of any matter, claim or dispute, which arose before that day, shall be enforceable against the Central Government or where the undertakings of the Company are directed, under section 6, to vest in Andrew Yule, against Andrew Yule;

(c) no liability incurred by the Company before the appointed day for the contravention of any provision of law for the time being in force shall be enforceable against the Central Government or where the undertakings of the Company are directed, under section 6, to vest in Andrew Yule, against Andrew Yule.

  1. Power of Central Government to direct vesting of the undertakings of the Company in Andrew Yule.-(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in section 3 and 4.the Central Government may, subject to such terms and conditions as it may think fit to impose, direct, by notification, that the undertakings of the Company, and the right, title and interest of the Company in relation to its undertakings, which have vested in the Central Government under section 3, shall, instead of continuing to vest in the Central Government vest in Andrew Yule, either on the date of the notification or on such earlier or later date (not being a date earlier than the appointed day) as may be specified in the notification.

(2) Where the right, title and interest, and the liabilities referred to in sub-section (2) of section 5, of the Company in relation to its undertakings vest in Andrew Yule under sub-section (1), Andrew Yule shall, on and from the date of such vesting, be deemed to have become the owner in relation to such undertakings and all the rights and liabilities of the Central Government in relation to such undertakings shall, on and from the date of such vesting be deemed to have become the rights and liabilities, respectively, of Andrew Yule.

CHAPTER III

Payment Of Amounts

  1. Payment of amount.-For the transfer to, and vesting, in the Central Government, under section 3, of the undertakings of the Company, and the right, title and interest of the Company in relation to its undertakings, there shall be paid by the Central Government to the Company in cash, and in the manner specified in CHAPTER VI, an amount of rupees thirty-seven lakhs and fifty thousand.
  2. Payment of further amounts.-(1) For the deprivation of the Company of the management of his undertakings, there shall be paid by the Central Government to the Company in cash, an amount calculated at the rate of five thousand rupees per annum for the period commencing on the date on which the management of the undertakings of the Company was taken over in pursuance of the order made by the Central Government under section 18AA of the Industries (Development and Regulation) Act, 1951, and ending on the appointed day.

(2) In consideration of the retrospective operation of the provisions of sections 3, 4 and 5, there shall also be paid by the Central Government to the Company in cash, an amount calculated at the rate of five thousand rupees per annum for the period commencing on the appointed day and ending on the date on which this Act receives the assent of the President.

(3) The amounts specified in section 7, and the amounts determined in accordance with the provisions of sub-sections (1)and (2), shall carry simple interest at the rate of four per cent, per annum for the period commencing on the appointed day and ending on the date on which payment of such amounts is made by the Central Government to the Commissioner.

(4) The amounts determined in accordance with the provisions of sub-sections (1), (2) and (3) shall be paid by the Central Government to the Company in addition to the amount specified in section 7.

(5) For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that the liabilities of the Company, in relation to its undertakings which have vested in the Central Government under section 3, shall be discharged from the amount referred to in section 7, and also from the amounts determined under sub-sections (1), (2) and (3), in accordance with the rights and interests of the creditors of the Company.

CHAPTER IV

Management, Etc., Of The Undertakings Of The Company

  1. Management, etc., of the undertakings of the Company.-The general superintendence, direction, control and management of the affairs and business of the undertakings of the Company, the right, title and interest in relation to which have vested in the Central Government under section 3, shall, where a direction has been made buy the Central Government under sub-section (1) of section 6, vest in Andrew Yule, and thereupon Andrew Yule shall be entitled of exercise, to the exclusion of all other persons, all such powers and do all such things as the Company was authorised to exercise and do in relation to its undertakings.
  2. Duty of persons incharge of management of the undertakings of the Company to deliver all assets, etc.-(1) On the vesting of the management of the undertaking of the Company in Andrew Yule, all persons in charge of the management of the undertakings of the Company immediately before such vesting shall be bound to deliver to Andrew Yule all assets, books of account, registers or other documents in their custody relating to the undertakings of the company.

(2) The Central Government may issue such directions as it may deem desirable in the circumstances of the case to Andrew Yule as to its powers and duties and Andrew Yule may also, if it so desires, apply to the Central Government at any time for instructions as to the manner in which the management of the undertakings of the Company shall be conducted by it or in relation to any other matter arising in the course of such management.

  1. Duty of persons to account for assets, etc., in their possession.-(1) Any person who has, on the appointed day, in his possession or under his control, any assets, books, documents, or other papers relating to any undertaking owned by the Company, which have vested in the Central Government or in Andrew Yule under this Act and which belong to the Company or would have so belonged, if the undertakings owned by the Company had not vested in the Central Government or Andrew Yule, shall be liable to account for the said assets, books, documents and other papers to the Central Government or Andrew Yule and shall deliver them to the Central Government or Andrew Yule or to such person or persons as the Central Government or Andrew Yule may specify in this behalf.

(2) The Central Government or Andrew Yule may take or cause to be taken all necessary steps for securing possession of the undertakings of the Company which have vested in the Central Government or Andrew Yule under this Act.

(3) The Company shall, within such period as the Central Government may allow in this behalf, furnish to that Government a complete inventory of all its properties and assets, as on the appointed day, pertaining of the undertakings which have vested in the Central Government under section 3 and for this purpose, the Central Government or Andrew Yule shall afford to the Company all reasonable facilities.

CHAPTER V

Provisions Relating To The Employees Of The Company

  1. Continuance of employees.-(1) Every person who has been, immediately before the appointed day, employed in any undertakings of the Company shall become,-

(a) on and from the appointed day, an employee of the Central Government, and

(b) where the undertakings of the company are directed under sub-section (1) of section 6 to vest in Andrew Yule, an employee of Andrew Yule on and from the date of such vesting;

and shall hold office or service under the Central Government of Andrew Yule, as the case may be, with the rights and privileges as to pension, gratuity and other matters admissible to him immediately before the appointed day, as modified by the Memoranda of Settlement signed by the representatives of the management and the employees of the Company on the 28th day of January, 1986 and the 30th day of January, 1986, and shall continue to do so unless and until his employment under the Central Government or Andrew Yule, as the case may be, is duly terminated or until his remuneration and other conditions of service are duly altered by the Central Government or Andrew Yule, as the case may be.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, (14 of 1947) or in any other law for the time being in force, the transfer of the services of any officer or other person employed in any undertaking of the Company, to the Central Government or Andrew Yule shall not entitle such officer or other employee to claim any compensation under this Act or under any other law for the time being in force and no such claim shall be entertained by any court, tribunal or other authority.

  1. Provident fund and other funds.-(1) Where the Company has established a provident fund, superannuation fund, welfare fund or any other fund for the benefit of the persons employed in any of its undertakings, the moneys relatable to the officers or other employees, whose services have become transferred by or under this Act to the Central Government or Andrew Yule shall, out of the moneys standing, on the appointed day, to the credit of such provident fund, superannuation fund, welfare fund or other fund, stand transferred to, and vest in, the Central Government or Andrew Yule, as the case may be.

(2) The moneys which stand transferred under sub-section (1) to the Central Government or Andrew Yule, as the case may be, shall be dealt with by that Government or Andrew Yule in such manner, as may be prescribed.

CHAPTER VI

Commissioner Of Payments

  1. Appointment of Commissioner of Payments.-(1) The Central Government shall, for the purpose of disbursing the amounts payable under sections 7 and 8 to the Company, by notification, appoint a Commissioner of Payments.

(2) The Central Government may appoint such other persons as it may think fit to assist the Commissioner and thereupon the Commissioner may authorise one or more of such persons also to exercise all or any of the powers exercisable by him under this Act and different persons may be authorised to exercise different powers.

(3) Any person authorised by the Commissioner to exercise any of the powers exercisable by the Commissioner may exercise those powers in the same manner and with the same effect as if they have been conferred on that person directly by this Act and not by way of authorisation.

(4) The salaries and allowances of the Commissioner and other persons appointed under this section shall be defrayed out of the Consolidated Fund of India.

  1. Payment by the Central Government to the Commissioner.-(1) The Central Government shall, within thirty days from the specified date, pay, in cash, to the Commissioner, for payment to the Company,-

(a) an amount equal to the amount specified in section 7; and

(b) further amount equal to the amounts payable to the Company under section 8.

(2) A deposit account shall be opened by the Central Government in favour of the Commissioner in the Public Account of India, and every amount paid under this Act to the Commissioner shall be deposited by him to the credit of the said deposit account and the said deposit account shall be operated by the Commissioner.

(3) Records shall be maintained by the Commissioner in respect of the undertakings of the Company in relation to which payments have been made to him under this Act.

(4) Interest accruing on the amounts standing to the credit of the deposit account referred to in sub-section (2) shall ensure to the benefit of the Company.

  1. Certain powers of the Central Government or Andrew Yule.-(1) The Central Government or Andrew Yule, as the case may be, shall be entitled to receive up to the specified date, to the exclusion of all other persons, any money due to the Company, in relation to its undertakings which have vested in the Central Government of Andrew Yule, and realised after the appointed day notwithstanding that the realisation pertains to a period prior to the appointed day.

(2) The Central Government or Andrew Yule, as the case may be, may make a claim to the Commissioner with regard to every payment made by that Government or Andrew Yule, after the appointed day, for discharging any liability of the Company, not being any liability specified in sub-section (2) of section 5, in relation to any period prior to the appointed day; and every such claim shall have priority in accordance with the priorities attaching, under this Act, to the matter in relation to which such liability has been discharged by the Central Government or Andrew Yule.

(3) Save as otherwise provided in this Act, the liabilities of the Company, in respect of any transaction prior to the appointed day, which have not been discharged on or before the specified date, shall be the liabilities of the Company.

  1. Claims to be made to the Commissioner.-Every person having a claim against the Company with regard to any of the matters specified in the Schedule, pertaining to any of its undertakings, shall prefer such claim before the Commissioner within thirty days from the specified date:

Provided that if the Commissioner is satisfied that the claimant was prevented by sufficient cause from preferring the claim within the said period of thirty days, he may entertain the claim within a further period of thirty days, but not thereafter.

  1. Priority of claims.-The claims made under section 17 shall have priorities in accordance with the following principles, namely:-

(a) Category I shall have precedence over all other categories and Category II shall have precedence over Category III, and so on;

(b) the claims specified in each of the categories shall rank equally and be paid in full, but, if the amount is insufficient to meet such claims in full, they shall abate in equal proportions and be paid accordingly; and

(c) the question of discharging any liability with regard to a matter specified in a lower category shall arise only if a surplus is left after meeting all the liabilities specified in the immediately higher category.

  1. Examination of claims.-(1) On receipt of the claims made under section 17, the Commissioner shall arrange the claims in the order of priorities specified in the Schedule and examine the same in accordance with such order of priorities.

(2) If, on an examination of the claims, the Commissioner is of opinion that the amount paid to him under this Act is not sufficient to meet the liabilities specified in any lower category, he shall not be required to examine the claims in respect of such lower category.

  1. Admission or rejection of claims.-(1) After examining the claims with reference to the priorities set out in the Schedule, the Commissioner shall fix a certain date on or before which every claimant shall file the proof of his claim.

(2) Not less than fourteen days’ notice of the date so fixed shall be given by advertisement in one issue of any daily newspaper in the English language having circulation in the major part of the country and one issue of any daily newspaper in such regional language as the Commissioner may consider suitable, and every such notice shall call upon the claimant to file the proof of his claim with the Commissioner within the period specified in the advertisement.

(3) Every claimant who fails to file the proof of his claim within the period specified by the Commissioner shall be excluded from the disbursements made by the Commissioner.

(4) The Commissioner shall, after such investigation as may, in his opinion, be necessary and after giving the Company an opportunity of refuting the claim and after giving the claimant a reasonable opportunity of being heard, by order in writing, admit or reject the claim in whole or in part.

(5) The Commissioner shall have the power to regulate his own procedure in all matters arising out of the discharge of his functions, including the place or places at which he may hold his sittings and shall, for the purpose of making an investigation under this Act, have the same powers as are vested in a civil court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, (5 of 1908) while trying a suit, in respect of the following matters, namely:-

(a) the summoning and enforcing the attendance of any witness and examining him on oath;

(b) the discovery and production of any document or other material object producible as evidence;

(c) the reception of evidence on affidavits;

(d) the issuing of any commission for the examination of witnesses.

(6) Any investigation before the Commissioner shall be deemed to be a judicial proceeding within the meaning of sections 193 and 228 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860) and the Commissioner shall be deemed to be a civil court for the purposes of section 195, and CHAPTER XXVI, of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974).

(7) A claimant who is dissatisfied with the decision of the Commissioner, may prefer an appeal against such decision to the principal civil court of original jurisdiction within the local limits of whose jurisdiction the registered office of the Company is situated:

Provided that where a person who is a Judge of a High Court is appointed to be the Commissioner, the appeal shall lie to the High Court at Calcutta, and such appeal shall be heard and disposed of by not less than two Judges of that High Court.

  1. Disbursement of money by the Commissioner to claimants.-After admitting a claim under this Act, the amount due in respect of such claim shall be paid by the Commissioner to the person or persons to whom such amount is due and on such payment, the liability of the Company in respect of such claim shall stand discharged.
  2. Disbursement of amounts to the Company.-(1) If, out of the moneys paid to him in relation to the undertakings of the Company, there is a balance left after meeting the liabilities specified in the Schedule, the Commissioner shall disburse such balance to the Company.

(2) Where the possession of any machinery, equipment or other property has vested in the Central Government or Andrew Yule under this Act, but such machinery, equipment or other property does not belong to the Company, it shall be lawful for the Central Government or Andrew Yule, to continue to possess such machinery or equipment or other property on the same terms and conditions under which they were possessed by the Company immediately before the appointed day.

  1. Undisbursed or unclaimed amount to be deposited to the general revenue account.-Any money paid to the Commissioner which remains undisbursed or unclaimed on the date immediately preceding the date on which the office of the Commissioner is finally wound up, shall be transferred by the Commissioner, before his office is finally wound up, to the general revenue account of the Central Government; but a claim to any money so transferred may be preferred to the Central Government by the person entitled to such payment and shall be dealt with as if such transfer had not been made, and the order, if any, for payment of the claim, being treated as an order for the refund of revenue.

CHAPTER VII

Miscellaneous

  1. Act to have overriding effect.-The provisions of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in any other law for the time being in force or in any instrument having effect by virtue of any law, other than this Act, or in any decree or order of any court, tribunal or other authority.
  2. Contracts to cease to have effect unless ratified by the Central Government or Andrew Yule.-Every contract entered into by the Company in relation to its undertakings which has vested in the Central Government under section 3, for any service, sale or supply and in force immediately before the appointed day, shall, on and from the expiry of a period of one hundred and eighty days from the date on which this Act receives the assent of the President, cease to have effect unless such contract is, before the expiry of that period, ratified, in writing, by the Central Government or Andrew Yule in which such undertakings have been vested under this Act, and in ratifying such contract, the Central Government or Andrew Yule may make such alternation or modification therein as it may think fit:

Provided that the Central Government or Andrew Yule shall not permit to ratify a contract and shall not make any alternation or modification in a contract-

(a) unless it is satisfied that such contract is unduly onerous or has been entered into in bad faith or is detrimental to the interests of the Central Government or Andrew Yule, and

(b) except after giving to the parties to the contract a reasonable opportunity of being heard and except after recording in writing its reasons for refusal to ratify the contract or for making any alternation or modification therein.

  1. Penalties.-Any person who,-

(a) having in his possession, custody or control any property forming part of the undertakings of the Company, wrongfully with-holds such property from the Central Government or Andrew Yule; or

(b) wrongfully obtains possession of, or retains, any property forming part of the undertakings of the Company; or

(c) wilfully withholds or fails to furnish to the Central Government or Andrew Yule or any person or body of persons specified by that Government or Andrew Yule, as the case may be, any document relating to the undertakings, which may be in his possession, custody or control; or

(d) fails to deliver to the Central Government or Andrew Yule or any person or body of persons specified by that Government or Andrew Yule, as the case may be, any assets, books of account, registers or other documents in his possession custody or control relating to the undertakings of the Company; or

(e) wrongfully removes or destroys any property forming part of the undertakings of the Company or prefers any claim under this Act which he knows or has reasonable cause to believe to be false or grossly inaccurate, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees, or with both.

  1. Offences by companies.-(1) Where an offence under this Act has been committed by a company, every person who, at the time the offence was committed was in charge of, and was responsible to, the company, for the conduct of the business of the company, as well as the company, shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly:

Provided that nothing contained in this sub-section shall render any such person liable to any punishment, if he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge or that he had exercised all due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), where any offence under this Act has been committed by a company and it is proved that the offence has been committed with the consent or connivance of, or is attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other officer of the company, such director, manager, secretary or other officer shall be deemed to be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

Explanation.- For the purposes of this section,-

(a) “company” means any body corporate and includes a firm or other association of individuals; and

(b) “director”, in relation to a firm, means a partner in the firm.

  1. Protection of action taken in good faith.-(1) No suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against the Central Government or any officer of that Government or Andrew Yule for anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done under this Act.

(2) No suit or other legal proceeding shall lie against the Central Government or any officer of that Government of Andrew Yule or other person authorised by that Government or Andrew Yule for any damage caused or likely to be caused by anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done under this Act.

  1. Delegation of powers.-(1) The Central Government may, by notification, direct that all or any of the powers exercisable by it under this Act, other than the powers conferred by this section and sections 30 and 31, may also be exercised by such person or persons as may be specified in the notification.

(2) Whenever any delegation of power is made under sub-section (1), the person to whom such power has been delegated shall act under the direction, control and supervision of the Central Government.

  1. Power to make rules.-(1) The Central Government may, by notification, make rules for carrying out the provisions of this Act.

(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:-

(a) the time within which, and the manner in which, an intimation referred to in sub-section (3) of section 4 shall be given;

(b) the manner in which the moneys in any provident fund or other fund, referred to in section 13 shall be dealt with;

(c) any other matter which is required to be, or may be, prescribed.

(3) Every rule made by the Central Government under this Act shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament, while it is in session, for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in making any modification in the rule or both Houses agree that the rule should not be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so, however, that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule.

  1. Power to remove difficulties.-If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of this Act, the Central Government may, by order, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, remove the difficulty:

Provided that no such order shall be made after the expiry of a period of two years from the date on which this Act receives the assent of the President.

THE SCHEDULE

[See Sections 17, 19(1), 20(1) and 22(1)]

ORDER OF PRIORITIES

Category I-

(a) Wages, salaries and other dues payable to the employees of the Company.

(b) Deductions made from the salaries and wages of the employees of the Company for the provident fund, the Employees’ State Insurance Fund, premium relating to the Life Insurance Corporation of India or for any other purpose.

(c) Arrears in relation to contributions to be made by the Company to the provident fund, the Employees’ State Insurance Fund or under any other law for the time being in force providing for such contributions.

Post-take-over management period

Category II-

Principal amount of loans advanced by-

(i) the Central Government;

(ii) a State Government;

(iii) banks and financial institutions;

(iv) any other sources

Category III-

(a) Any credits availed of by the Company for the purpose of carrying on any trading or manufacturing operations, other than those specified in sub-section (2) of section 5.

(b) Any dues of State Electricity Boards or other Government or semi-Government institutions against supply of goods or services, other than those specified in sub-section (2) of section 5.

(c) Arrears of interest on loans and advances.

Category IV-

(a) Revenue, taxes, cesses, rates or other dues to the Central Government, a State Government or any local authority.

(b) Any other dues.

Category V-

Principal amount of secured loans advanced by-

(i) the Central Government;

(ii) a State Government;

(iii) banks and financial institutions.

Category VI-

Principal amount of unsecured loans advanced by-

(i) the Central Government;

(ii) a State Government;

(iii) banks and financial institutions.

Category VII-

(a) Any credit availed of by the Company for the purpose of carrying on any trading or manufacturing operations.

(b) Any dues of State Electricity Boards or other Government or semi-Government institutions against supply of goods or services.

(c) Arrears of interest on loans and advances.

(d) Revenue, taxes, cesses, rates or other dues to Central Government, a State Government or any local authority.

(e) Any other loans or dues.

 

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