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The Ministry of Corporate Affairs, through the Registrar of Companies, Telangana, has recently issued an order imposing penalties on Premier Energies Limited and its officers for violations of Section 29(1)(a) of the Companies Act, 2013. The penalties were imposed for the failure to transfer shares in dematerialized (Demat) form, as mandated by law. This move underscores the government’s commitment to enforcing regulatory compliance within the corporate sector.

Premier Energies Limited, a registered company under the Companies Act, 2013, found itself in regulatory scrutiny due to its non-compliance with provisions related to the issuance and transfer of securities. The company had issued equity and convertible securities for various purposes without ensuring that the shares were dematerialized in accordance with the law.

The adjudicating officer appointed by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs reviewed the case and found merit in the allegations. The company and its officers were found to have violated Section 29(1A) of the Companies Act, 2013, read with Rule 9A(2) of the Companies (Prospectus and Allotments of Securities) Rules, 2014. These provisions mandate that securities of unlisted companies must be held or transferred only in dematerialized form.

The violations primarily revolved around the issuance of securities by Premier Energies Limited without ensuring prior dematerialization of shares held by its promoters, directors, and key managerial personnel. Despite the company’s subsequent conversion of physical shares into Demat form, the initial non-compliance incurred penalties.

The penalties imposed by the adjudicating officer are as follows:

  • Premier Energies Limited: ₹90,000
  • Shri. Chiranjeev Singh Saluja (Managing Director): ₹90,000
  • Shri. Surender Pal Singh Saluja (Wholetime Director): ₹90,000
  • Shri. Revathi Rohini Buragadda (Executive Director): ₹70,000
  • Shri. Shantipriya Ramesh Kalkur (erstwhile Company Secretary): ₹50,000
  • Shri. Shruti Walia (erstwhile Company Secretary): ₹40,000

The penalties are commensurate with the severity of the offense and aim to ensure compliance with regulatory norms. The company and its officers are directed to pay the prescribed penalties through the Ministry of Corporate Affairs portal within 30 days of receiving the order. Failure to comply with the order within the stipulated period may lead to further penalties or prosecution under the Companies Act, 2013.

It’s noteworthy that aggrieved parties have the right to appeal the adjudicating officer’s decision within 60 days from the date of receiving the order. However, failure to comply with the order within 90 days may attract additional fines or even imprisonment, as per the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013.

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS
O/o THE REGISRAR OF COMPNAIES, TELANGANA
2nd FLOOR, CORPORATE BHAWAN, BANDLAGUDA,
NAGOLE, HYDERABAD — 500 068
website: www.mca.gov.in
email ID : roc.hyderabad@mca.gov.in

Order No. ROC (H)/PEL/ADJ-ORDER-3/ 019909/2024/20 To 27 Date: 01.04.2024

ORDER FOR PENALTY UNDER SECTION 454 FOR VIOLATION OF SECTION 29(1)(a) OF THE COMPANIES ACT, 2013.

IN THE MATTER OF M/s PREMIER ENERGIES L MITED

(CIN: U40106TG1995PLC019909)

1. Appointment of Adjudicating Officer:

Ministry of Corporate Affairs vide its Gazette Notification No.A-42011/112/2Q14 Ad’II 4atq

24-03-2015 appointed the undersigned as Adjudicating Officer in exereisccif the powers____ conferred by section 454 of the Companies Act, 2013 [herein after known as Act] read with Companies (Adjudication of Penalties) Rules, 2014 for adjudging penalties under the provisions of the Act.

2. Company:

Whereas the Company Premier Energies Limited [herein after known as Company] is a registered company with this office under the provisions of Companies Act, 2013 having registered office situated at Plot No. 8/B/1 and 8/B!2, E-City, Maheshwaram Mandal, Raviryala Village, Ranga Reddy Maheshwaram, Mankhal, K.V.Rangareddy, Telangana, India, 501359 as per the MCA portal.

3. Facts about the Case:

The undersigned adjudicating Officer has received a suo-moto adjudication application filed jointly by the company M/s. Premier Energies Limited (Applicant No.1) and Shri. Chiranjeev Singh Saluja (Applicant No.2), Shri. Surender Pal Singh Saluja (Applicant No.3), Shri. Revathi Rohini Buragadda (Applicant No.4), Shri. Shantipriya Ramesh Kalkur (Applicant No.5), Shri. Shruti Walia (Applicant No.6), for adjudication of penalty under the provisions of section 454 of the Act and rules thereunder and stated therein inter alia that:

1. That the Company has allotted Securities in the form of Equity and Convertible Securities for raising of funds for General Corporate purposes and for expansion of the operations of the Company on various dates as detailed below before getting the, 1,35,13,432 (One Crore Thirty-Five Lakhs Thirteen Thousand Four Hundred and Thirty-Two Only) Equity Shares of Chiranjeev Singh Saluja, Promoter and Managing Director, 1,29,93,680 (One Crore Twenty-Nine Lakhs Ninety-Three Thousand Six Hundred and Eighty Only) Equity Shares of Mr. Surenderpal Singh Saluja, Promoter and Whole-Time Director of the Company and 1,32,00,000 Equity Shares of Ms. Vivana Saluja, the then Promoter of the Company dematerialized in violation of Sub rule 2 of Rule 9A of The Companies (Prospectus and Allotments of Securities) Rules, 2014.

2. Details of issue of Equity and Convertible Securities made by Company and Officers in default:

S.No Date of EGM for approval of issue of Securities No of Securities Offered Mode of offer Officers in Default
1. 17.12.2019 23,85,000 Equity Shares of Rs 1 each at a premium of Rs. 14/- each Preferential Issue A2, A3, A5
2. 16.03.2020 25,00,000 Equity Shares of Rs 1 each at a premium of Rs. 19/- each Preferential Issue A2, A3, A5
3. 19.08.2020 18,75,000 Equity Shares of Rs 1 each at a premium of Rs. 19/- each Preferential Issue A2, A3, A4,

A5

4. 09.09.2021 38,62,050 Equity Shares of Rs 1 each at a premium of Rs. 19/- each ESOP A2, A3, A4,

A5

5. 16.09.2021 2,84,000 Equity Shares of Rs 1 each at a premium of Rs. 19/- each Preferential Issue A2, A3, A4,

A6

6. 17.09.2021 76,77,120 Equity Shares of Rs 1 each at a premium of Rs. 19/- each Preferential Issue A2, A3, A4,

A6

7. 21.09.2021 4,98,753 Equity Shares of Rs 1 each at a premium of Rs. 19/- each Preferential Issue A2, A3, A4, A6
8. 21.09.2021 1,76,00,000

CCDs of Rs 100 each

Preferential Issue A2, A3, A4, A6

3. That the Applicant Company had approved and recorded the transfer of 42,42,880 (Forty-Two Lakhs Forty-Two Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty Only) Equity shares in Physical as detailed below in point no d, under Section 56 of Companies act 2013 and rules made there (including any statutory modification(s) or re-enactments thereof for the time being in force), which is in violation of Clause a of Sub Rule 3 of Rule 9A of The Companies (Prospectus and Allotments of Securities) Rules, 2014.

4. The details of share transfers in physical mode approved by the Board of Directors of the Applicant Company and Officers in default is detailed below.

Name of Transferor Name of the
transferee
No of shares Officers in Default
Inter Solar FZC Sudha Moola 24,49,840 A2, A3, A4, A5
Harwood Ltd Sudha Moola 17,93.040

4. Section 29(1)(a) r.w rule 9A(2) is reproduced as under:

Section 29(1A):

Section 29 (1A) of the Companies Act, 2013 provides that in case of such class or classes of unlisted companies as may be prescribed, the securities shall be held or transferred only in dematerialized form in the manner laid down in the Depositories Act, 1996 and the regulations made thereunder.

Rule 9A(2) is reproduced as under:

Sub rule 2 of Rule 9A of The Companies (Prospectus and Allotments of Securities) Rules, 2014 provides that “Every unlisted public company making any offer for issue of any securities or buyback of securities or issue of bonus shares or rights offer shall ensure that before making such offer, entire holding of securities of its promoters, directors, key managerial personnel has been dematerialized in accordance with provisions of the Depositories Act 1996 and regulations made there under”.

5. Showcase Notice, reply and Personal hearing:

Pursuant to the suo-moto application dated 26.3.2024 received in this office under section 454 of the Act read with Companies (Adjudication of Penalty) Rules, 2014, this office had issued adjudication hearing notice to the company and directors on 26/03/2024 by fixing the date of hearing on 01.04.2024 at 12:30 PM at ROC office at Corporate Bhavan, Bandlaguda, Nagole, Hyderabad- 500 068. On scheduled date of hearing i.e., 01.04.2024 Shri. Mohit Gurjar, PCS (C.P No. 18644) authorised representative of the company/officer appeared before the adjudicating authority and submitted that the company has submitted that there was non-compliance of section 29(1A) r.w rule 9A(2) of the Companies (Prospectus and Allotments of Securities) Rules, 2014 and the company has made the offence good completely on 19th March 2024 by converting the physical shares of promoter into Demat as one time offense.

6. Findings:

(i) The company M/s. Premier Energies Limited (Applicant No.1) and Shri. Chiranjeev Singh Saluja (Applicant No.2), Shri. Surender Pal Singh Saluja (Applicant No.3), Shri. Revathi Rohini Buragadda (Applicant No.4), Shri. Shantipriya Ramesh Kalkur (Applicant No.5), Shri. Shruti Walia (Applicant No.6), jointly filed adjudication application through GNL-1 vide SRN: F93870046 dated 27.03.2024 and physical copy of application dated 26.03.2024 and admitted that non-compliance of provision of section 29(1A) r.w. rule 9A(2) of the Companies (Prospectus and Allotments of Securities) Rules, 2014 and made the offence good on 19th March 2024 by converting the physical shares of promoter into Demat as one time offense.

ORDER

6. Having considered the facts and circumstances of the case and after taking into account the factors and submissions made in the application and by the Authorized Representative during the hearing on 01.04.204 and the facts of the case it is proved beyond doubt that the company and the officer of the company have defaulted in complying the provisions under Section 29(1A) of the Act and made the offence good on 19th March 2024 by converting the physical shares of promoter into Demat as one time offense. In this regard, the company, and its officer in default (within the meaning of section 2 (60) of the Companies Act, 2013) are hereby imposed penalty as under.

Nature of default Name of the Company Penalty as per Act. Penalty Imposed
On
default
On Continuous Default Total Penalty
Violation of Section 29(1A) r/w Rule 9A(2) of the Companies Act, 2013 PREMIER ENERGIES LIMITED Rs.

90,000/-

Nil Rs.

90,000/-

Rs. 90,000/-

Officer in Default Penalty as per Act. Penalty Imposed
On default On continuous default Total penalty
Shri. Chiranjeev Singh Saluja (Managing Director) Rs. 90,000/ – Nil Rs.90,000/- Rs. 90,000
Shri. Surender Pal Singh Saluja (Wholetime Director) Rs. 90,000/ – Nil Rs.90,000/- Rs. 90,000
Shri. Revathi Rohini Buragadda (Executive Director) Rs. 70,000/- Nil Rs.70,000/- Rs. 70,000
Shri. Shantipriya Ramesh Kalkur (erstwhile Company Secretary) Rs. 50,000/- Nil Rs.50,000/- Rs. 50,000
Shri. Shruti Walia (erstwhile Company Secretary) Rs. 40,000/- Nil Rs.40,000/- Rs. 40,000

AO is of the opinion that penalty is commensurate with the aforesaid offence committed by the notice. The noticee shall pay the said amount of penalty through “Ministry of Corporate Affairs” portal and proof of same along with this order should be filed in e-from INC-28 within 30 days of receipt of this order, with the office of ROC, Hyderabad.

8. In this regard your attention is also drawn to the provisions of Section 454(5) and (6) which contemplates that:

“(5) Any person aggrieved by an order made by the adjudicating officer under sub­section (3) may prefer an appeal to the Regional Director having jurisdiction in the matter.

(6) Every appeal under sub-section (5) shall be filed within sixty days from the date on which the copy of the order made by the adjudicating officer is received by the aggrieved person and shall be in such form, manner and be accompanied by such fees as may be prescribed “

9. In this regard your attention is also drawn to the provisions of Section 454(8) (i) &(ii) of the Companies Act, 2013 which read as follows:

(i) Where company fails to comply with the order made under sub-section (3) or sub­section (7), as the case may be, within a period of ninety days from the date of the receipt of the copy of the order, the company shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than twenty-five thousand rupees, but which may extend to five lakh rupees.

(ii) Where an officer of a company or any other person who is in default fails to comply with the order made under sub-section (3) or sub-section (7), as the case may be within a period of ninety days from the date of the receipt of the copy of the order, such officer shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to six months or with fine which shall not be less than twenty-five thousand rupees but which may extend to one lakh rupees, or with both.

Therefore, in case of default in payment or penalty, prosecution will be filed under section 454(8)(i) and (ii) of the Companies Act, 2013 at your own costs without any fu hier notice.

(PARVINDER SINGH, I.C.L.S)
RREGISTRAR OF COMPANIES
TELANGANA, HYDERABAD

To:

1. ROC (H)/PEL/ADJ-ORDER-3/ 019909/2024
M/s. Premier Energies Limited.
Plot No. 8/B/1 and 8/B/2, E-City, Maheshwaram Mandal Raviryala Village, Ranga
Reddy Maheshwaram, Mankhal, K.V.Rangareddy, Rangareddy, Telangana, India,
501359.

2. ROC (H)/ PEL /ADJ-ORDER-3/019909/2024
Shri. Chiranjeev Singh Saluja (Managing Director),

3. ROC (H)/ PEL /ADJ-ORDER-3/019909/2024
Shri. Surender Pal Singh Saluja (Wholetime Director),

4. ROC (H)/ PEL /ADJ-ORDER-3/019909/2024
Shri. Revathi Rohini Buragadda (Executive Director),

5. ROC (H)/ PEL /ADJ-ORDER-3/019909/2024
Shri. Shantipriya Ramesh Kalkur (erstwhile Company Secretary),

6. ROC (H)/ PEL /ADJ-ORDER-3/019909/2024
Shri. Shruti Walia (erstwhile Company Secretary),

7. Copy to:
The Regional Director (SER),
Ministry of Corporate Affairs,
Hyderabad. (For information)

8. Guard File

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