No.M-626/08/MAF&PWC/2018 Dated: 27th March, 2018
ALL MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL
Sub.: Constitution of a Group to examine the issues arising out of the Judgement dated 23.02.2018 of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the matter of operation of Multinational Accounting Firms in India
The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India vide its combined Judgement dated 23rd February, 2018 in Civil Appeal No. 2422/2018, S. Sukumar Vs. ICAI and W.P. (Civil) No. 991/2013, CPIL vs. UOI & Ors. has issued certain directions to Central Government, Enforcement Directorate (ED) and ICAI. The directions issued are enclosed herewith (Annexure I). As far as ICAI is concerned the following direction has been issued to it:
“ICAI may further examine all the related issues at appropriate level as far as possible within three months and take such further steps as may be considered necessary”
The Management Committee at its 21st meeting held on 20th March, 2018 at New Delhi considered the matter and decided to constitute a Group to examine the issues related to the activities and operation of Multinational Accounting Firms in India in the light of the aforesaid Judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court and to submit its recommendations to the Management Committee.
Accordingly, the President, in terms of the decision taken by the Management Committee at its 21st meeting and endorsed by the Council at its 374th meeting held in March, 2018 has constituted the aforesaid Group consisting of the following members:-
Shri S.V. Krishnamohan, Chief Legal Advisor will be the Secretary to the Group.
The terms of reference to the Group shall be as under: –
The Group has been requested to meet on regular basis at least once a week and submit its report to the Council within one month.
( V. Sagar )
Extracts from the Judgement of Hon’ble Supreme Court in the matter of operation of Multination Accounting Firms in India
Directions of the Supreme Court
The Hon’ble Court disposed of the matter by issuing the following directions:-
“(i) The Union of India may constitute a three member Committee of experts to look into the question whether and to what extent the statutory framework to enforce the letter and spirit of Sections 25 and 29 of the CA Act and the statutory Code of Conduct for the CAs requires revisit so as to appropriately discipline and regulate MAFs. The Committee may also consider the need for an appropriate legislation on the pattern of Sarbanes Oxley Act, 2002 and Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, 2010 in US or any other appropriate mechanism for oversight of profession of the auditors. Question whether on account of conflict of interest of auditors with consultants, the auditors’ profession may need an exclusive oversight body may be examined. The Committee may examine the Study Group and the Expert Group Reports referred to above, apart from any other material. It may also consider steps for effective enforcement of the provisions of the FDI policy and the FEMA Regulations referred to above. It may identify the remedial measures which may then be considered by appropriate authorities. The Committee may call for suggestions from all concerned. Such Committee may be constituted within two months. Report of the Committee may be submitted within three months thereafter. The UOI may take further action after due consideration of such report.
(ii) The ED may complete the pending investigation within three months;
(iii) ICAI may further examine all the related issues at appropriate level as far as possible within three months and take such further steps as may be considered necessary.