Now shifting of registered office from one State to another State under the Companies Act, 1956, requires a petition to be filed with Regional Director, Ministry of Corporate Affairs with effect from 12-08-2012 and earlier the same was required to be made to Company Law Board. The procedure for making the petition under Section 17 of the Companies Act, 1956 is given below.
1. Call for a board meeting to decide on the change of registered office from one state to another state and call for the Extraordinary General meeting to alter Caluse II of Memorandum of Association.
2. In the board meeting fix up the date, time, and place of the general meeting and approve the notices for this purpose, send the notices, hold the meeting and pass special resolutions.
3. In case of listed company the resolution should be made by postal ballot as per sec 192A. Forward three copies of notice to the stock exchange where the shares of the company are listed. Forward to the stock exchange minutes of the Extraordinary General Meeting.
4. Prepare the Minutes of Extraordinary General meeting/ General Meeting. Date of AGM / EGM should be same in the notice and minutes of the meeting
5. After taking the approval of the members, file a certified copy of the special resolution along with the explanatory statement in Form 23 with ROC.
6. Publish a general notice in at least one regional language newspaper and one English language newspaper circulated in the area in which registered office of the company is situated clearly stating the substance of the petition. The notice shall state that any person whose interest is likely affected due to change may intimate to the Regional Director within 21 days of notice.
Advertisement can be published next date from the date of Extraordinary General Meeting. However if the daily is evening newspaper the same date of the Extraordinary General meeting it can be published.
7. Send individual notices to all creditors (including contingent creditors if any)/debenture holders of the company.
8. List of Creditors and Debentures should be any date before two months from the date of filing petition. Get no objection from the creditors and particularly from the Banks / financial institutions for change of registered office from one state to another state. A copy of the list of creditors and debentureholders shall be kept at the Registered Office of the company for inspection purpose.
9. After a gap of one month from the date of sending notices as above, file petition with the Regional Director, Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Previously the petition was required to be filed with Company law Board. Now Regional Directors have been delegated with these powers. The petition has to be filed with the Regional Director with the Regional Office of the Ministry of corporate Affairs in the jurisdiction where the existing registered office is situated. The following are the jurisdiction of Regional directors.
|(i) Regional DirectorNorth Region Directorate Headquarter at Noida (Gautam Budh Nagar)|
|North Region Directorate Headquarter at Noida (Gautam Budh Nagar)States of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, National Capital Territory of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Union Territory of Chandigarh.|
|(ii) Regional DirectorSouthern Region Directorate Headquarter at Chennai|
|Tamil Nadu, Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry|
|iii) Regional DirectorSouthern Eastern Region Directorate Headquarter at Hyderabad|
|States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Union Territory of Lakshadweep,|
|(iv) Regional DirectorWestern Region Directorate Headquarter at Mumbai|
|States of Maharashtra, Goa and Union Territory of Daman and Diu.|
|(iii) Regional DirectorEastern Region Directorate Headquarter at Kolkata|
|States of Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal.|
|Regional DirectorNorth Western Region Directorate Headquarter at Ahmedabad|
|States of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli|
|Regional DirectorNorth Eastern Region Directorate Headquarter at Guwahati|
|State’s of Meghalaya, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura.”|
File the petition in Form 24AAA and also submit a hard copy of the petition along with the enclosures to the Regional Director. The following are the enclosures .
The petition along with the enclosure should be serially numbered. And scanned copy of the petition is filed in Form 24AAA and a hard copy of the petition is submitted to the concerned Regional Director office. There is no filing fees by way of demand draft required to be enclosed with the petition as the filing fees are paid while filing Form 24AAA with Regional Director Office.
10. An affidavit verifying the petition on a non judicial stamp paper Rs. 20 which is notarized shall be attached. Three affidavits are to be given along with the petition. One affidavit is verifying the petition; one affidavit is verifying publication of notice and finally one affidavit verifying the creditors. Where the first two affidavits shall be given by one director, the third affidavit verifying the creditors shall be given by two directors of the company.
In case, if one of the directors is residing in foreign country, he shall give the affidavit from abroad after getting it notarized there.
11. Petition should not be prepared in the letter head.
12. File a copy of the petition with the ROC wide Form 61.
13. File a copy of the notice along with a petition to the Chief Secretary to the Government of the State where the registered office of the company is situated or to the Administrator/Lt. Governor of the Union Territory where the registered office is situated in the Union Territory.
14. A hearing may take place at the Regional Director office and it should be represented by the company or practicing professional or advocate. The creditors, if any and the representatives of the company may also represent and are heard before making any order.
15. After receiving the Regional Director order for shifting the registered office, the company is required to file certified copy of the order with the ROC along with Form No. 21 within one month of receipt of certified copy along with the printed copy of the altered memorandum of association. Only when Form 24AAA is approved, Form 21 could be filed.
16. File Form No. 18 with the new ROC for the situation of the registered office
17. The ROC of the new state i.e. at which registered office will be shifted will issue a fresh certificate of incorporation which will be conclusive evidence of the shift of registered office. The CIN number of the company will be changed.
18. Necessary changes are required to be made in the letter heads, books, records etc. of the company. The necessary changes are required to be made in PAN. TAN and ST2 etc and inform to all the Government departments, banks, customers and others wherever required.
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