MCA imposes total penalty of Rs. 11,46,800 on ‘Annai Matha Infrastructures Private Limited’ and its directors for violation of Section 92 (non-filing of Annual Return) and 137 (non-filing of Financial Statement) of the Companies Act, 2013 for the financial year 2018-19, 2019-2020 & 2020-21.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS
OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR OF COMPANIES
TAMILNADU – COIMBATORE
No.7 A G T BUSINESS PARK, PHASE II, 1ST FLOOR,
CIVIL AERODROME POST, COIMBATORE –
Phone -0422 2628170, 2629640
Fax – 0422 2628089
Ref: ROCCBE/ADJ/92&137/017944/2022 Date: 09.01.2023
Order for Penalty under Section 454 for violation of Section 92 & 137 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with the Companies (Adjudication of Penalties) Rules, 2014
COMPANY NAME: ANNAI MATHA INFRASTRUCTURES PRIVATE LIMITED CIN: U45400TZ2012PTC017944
1. Appointment of Adjudicating Officer:
Ministry of Corporate Affairs vide its Gazette Notification No. A-42011/112/2014-Ad.II dated 24.3.2015 appointed undersigned as Adjudicating Officer in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 454 of the Act, 2013 (hereinafter known as. Act) read with Companies (Adjudication of Penalties) Rules, 2014 for adjudging penalties under the provisions of this Act.
Whereas M/s ANNAI MATHA INFRASTRUCTURES PRIVATE LIMITED having CIN U45400TZ2012PTC017944 (Herein after to as “the Company”) is company incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956, and it’s having registered office address “4/4 FIRST FLOOR SANKARAN LAYOUT EXTN,RAMASAMY NAGAR, UDUMALPET, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu,642154,India”.
3. Facts of the case:
Adjudication Notice under Section 454 for the violations of Section 92(5) and 137(3) of the Companies Act, 2013 were issued vide No. ROCCBE/ADJ/92&137/017944/2022 dated 14.06.2022 to the Company and its Two directors in default, viz.,1. GURUSAMY LAZAR (DIN: 5176686), 2. LAZAR JAROLT (DIN: 5176750) to show cause for non-filing of Annual Return for the Financial years 2018-19, 2019-2020 & 2020-21 and Financial Statement for the financial years 2018-19, 2019-2020 & 2020-21.
4. The Adjudication notices issued by this office on 14.06.2022 to the Company and its directors for non-filing of Statutory Returns but the company has not filed Statutory Returns for which SCN was issued.
5. Provisions of the Companies Act, 2013
Sub-Section (1) of Section 92 of the Act provides that every company shall prepare an Annual Return in the prescribed form and sub-section (4) of Section 92 of the Act provides that every company shall file with the Registrar a copy of the Annual Return, within sixty days from the date on which the Annual General Meeting is held or where no Annual General Meeting is held in any year within Sixty days from the date on which the Annual General Meeting should have been held together with the statement specifying the reasons for not holding the Annual General Meeting, with such fees or additional fees, as applicable.
6. Sub-section (5) of Section 92 of the Act provides that if any company fails to file its annual return under sub-section (4), before the expiry of the period specified therein, such company and its every officer who is in default shall be liable to a penalty of ten thousand rupees and in case of continuing failure, with further penalty of one hundred rupees for each day during which such failure continues, subject to a maximum of two lakh rupees in case of a company and fifty thousand rupees in case of an officer who is in default.
7. Sub-section (1) of Section 129 of the Act provides that company shall prepare a financial statement comply with the accounting standards notified under Section 133 of the Act and Sub-section (2) of Section 129 of the Act provides that at every annual general meeting of a company, the Board of Directors of the company shall lay before such meeting financial statements for the financial year. Further sub-section (1) of Section 137 of the Act provides that a copy of financial statements, including consolidated financial statement, if any along with all the documents which are required to be attached to such financial statements under this Act, duly adopted at the annual general meeting of the company, shall be filed with the Registrar within thirty days of the date of annual general meeting in such manner, with such fees or additional fees, as applicable.
8. Sub-section (3) of section 137 of the act provides that if a company fails to file the copy of the financial statements under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2), as the case may be, before the expiry of the period specified therein, the company shall be liable to a penalty of ten thousand rupees and in case of continuing failure, with a further penalty of one hundred rupees for each day during which such failure continues, subject to a maximum of two lakh rupees, and the managing director and the Chief Financial Officer of the company, if any, and, in the absence of the managing director and the Chief Financial Officer, any other director who is charged by the Board with the responsibility of complying with the provisions of this section, and, in the absence of any such director, all the Directors of the company, shall be shall be liable to a penalty of ten thousand rupees and in case of continuing failure, with further penalty of one hundred rupees for each day after the first during which such failure continues, subject to a maximum of fifty thousand rupees.
9. The Company and its Directors have not filed Annual Return for Financial years ending 31.03.2019, 31.03.2020 & 31,03.2021 and Financial Statement for the Financial Years ending 31.03.2019, 31.03.2020 & 31.03.2021 pursuant to sub-section (4) of Section 92 and Sub-section (1) of Section 137 of the Act, thereby attracting penal provisions under Sub-Section (5) of Section 92 and Subsection (3) of Section 137 of the Act respectively. The offence is of serious nature since non-filing of Annual Accounts by the Company has placed itself out of reach of stakeholders/regulatory Authorities and others who have interest in the company.
The object of filing of Annual Return of company in MCA Portal is in the public interest, to enable the investor, public and whosoever interested in the company can access the fundamental information about the company and its management. Non-filing of this statutory return is not only violation of the provisions of the Act but result in denial of information to the various stakeholders, public in general.
The object of filing of audited Financial Statements of a company in MCA Portal is to enable the interested public/investors/statutory agencies to access and know about the company’s financial state of affairs. The audited financial statements of a company so filed shall give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the company. The said statements once filed become public documents and the interested public can access the said statements through MCA website to know the financial state of affairs of the company as on that date.
10. As per Section 454 read with Rule 3(4) of the Companies Act, 2013 the reply to such notice shall be filed in electronic mode only within the period as specified in the notice. The company has not made any reply to this office so far.
11. Having considered the facts and circumstances of the case of default by companies in filing the Statutory Returns and also after taking into account the factors narrated in Para 10 supra, the Adjudicating Officer do hereby impose penalty on Company and its Directors as per Table Below for violation of Section 92 and 137 of the Companies Act, 2013 for the financial year ending 31.03.2019, 31.03.2020 & 31.03.2021 respectively. The Adjudicating Officer is of the opinion that penalty is commensurate with the aforesaid default committed by the Noticee’s as the noticee’s have not responded to the notices sent by A.O. and continue in committing default by non-filing the overdue Statutory Returns as per details furnished in the Table below:
12. The company and its directors are hereby directed to rectify the default immediately from the date of receipt of copy of this order.
13. The Penalty imposed shall be paid through the Ministry of Corporate Affairs portal (mca.gov.in under Miscellaneous Fee) only, within a period of ninety days from the date of the receipt of the copy of the order.
14. Appeal, if any against this order may be filed in writing with the Regional Director, Southern Region, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, 5th floor, Shastri Bhavan, 26, Haddows Road, Chennai — 600 006 within a period of sixty days from the date of receipt of this order, in Form ADJ setting forth the grounds of appeal and shall be accompanied by a certified copy of this order (Section 454 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with the Companies (Adjudicating of Penalties) Rules, 2014).
15. Your attention is also invited to Section 454(8) of the Act regarding consequences of non-payment of penalty.
16. In terms of the provisions of sub-Rule (9) of Rule 3 of the Companies (Adjudication of Penalties) Rules, 2014, a copy of this order is being sent to the Company and its Directors as mentioned below and Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Shastri Bhavan, 5th Floor, A wing, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi – 110001.
REGISTRAR OF COMPANIES
1. M/s ANNAI MATHA INFRASTRUCTURES PRIVATE LIMITED
4/4 First Floor Sankaran Layout Extn, Ramasamy
Nagar, Udumalpet, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu,642154,India.
GURUSAMY LAZAR, Director
71b Lappaikudieruppu Kavalkinar, Radhapuram Tk,
Tirunelveli Dt,627105, Tamil Nadu, India
LAZAR JAROLT, Director
169/711 Lebbai Kudieruppu, Kavalkinaru Radhapuram Tk,
Tirunelveli Dt,627105, Tamil Nadu,India