SECTION 148 OF THE COMPANIES ACT 2013- COST AUDIT
Where the Central Govt (CG) is of the opinion that the cost records of such class of companies engaged in the production of such goods and providing such services as may be prescribed , is required to be audited , then the CG on consultation with the regulatory bode can demand for cost audit to be conducted.
Appointment of Cost Auditor:
Cost auditor is to be appointed by the Board. A cost Accountant in practice or a firm of cost accountants can be appointed as a cost auditor.
Remuneration Of Cost Auditor :
Rights, Qualification, Duties of Cost Auditor:
Same as company auditor appointed under section 139.
The cost audit report shall be submitted by the cost auditor to the Board of directors of the company. The company shall within 30 days of receipt of such aufit report furnish to the central govt with such report along with full information and explanation on every reservations or qualification contained therein. After receipt of such information from the board the CG is of the opinion that any further information and explanation is necessary , it may call for such other information and explanation and the company shall furnish the same within such time as specified by CG.
Punishment on contravention of this section :
1. To the company:
The company shall be punishable with a fine which shall not be less than Rs. 250,00.00 but which may extend to Rs. 5,00,000.00. Every officer of the company who is in default shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 1 year or fine which shall not be less than Rs. 10,000.00 but which may extend to Rs. 1,00,000.00 or with both.
2. To the auditor
He shall be punishable with a fine which shall not be less than Rs. 25000.00 but which may extend to Rs. 5,00,000.00.However if the auditor has contravened such provisions willfully with the intention to deceive the company or its shareholders or creditors or tax authorities , he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year and with fine which shall not be less than Rs. 1,00,000.00 but which may extend to Rs. 25,00,000.00.
In case the criminal liability of an audit firm, the liability other than fine shall devolve only on the concerned partner who acted in fraudulent manner.