Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA) Foreign Exchange (Compounding Proceedings) Rules, 2000 (the Rules) – Compounding of Contraventions under FEMA, 1999

RBI/2013-14/553
A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No.117

April 4, 2014

To

All Category – I Authorised Dealer Banks

Madam / Sir,

Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA)

Foreign Exchange (Compounding Proceedings) Rules, 2000 (the Rules) –
Compounding of Contraventions under FEMA, 1999

Attention of all the Authorised Dealer Category – I (AD Category – I) banks is invited to A.P. (DIR Series) Circular no. 57 dated December 13, 2011 and the Foreign Exchange (Compounding Proceedings) Rules, 2000 notified by the Government of India vide G.S.R.No.383(E) dated 3rd May 2000, as amended from time to time regarding delegation of powers to the Regional Offices of the Reserve Bank of India to compound the contraventions of FEMA.

2. On a review, it has been decided to delegate further powers to the Regional Offices of Reserve Bank of India. Accordingly, the powers to compound the following contraventions will now be vested with the Regional Offices:

Sr. No.

FEMA Regulation

Brief Description of Contravention

1

Paragraph 9(1)(A) of Schedule I to Notification No. FEMA. 20/2000-RB dated 3rd May 2000

Delay in reporting inward remittance received for issue of shares.

2

Paragraph 9(1)(B) of Schedule I to  FEMA. 20/2000-RB dated 3rd May 2000

Delay in filing form FC(GPR) after issue of shares.

3

Paragraph 8 of Schedule I to FEMA. 20/2000-RB dated 3rd May 2000

Delay in issue of shares/refund of share application money beyond 180 days, mode of receipt of funds, etc.

4

Paragraph 5 of Schedule I to FEMA. 20/2000-RB dated 3rd May 2000

Violation of pricing guidelines for issue of shares.

5

Regulation 2(ii) read with Regulation 5(1) of FEMA. 20/2000-RB dated 3rd May 2000

Issue of ineligible instruments such as non-convertible debentures, partly paid shares, shares with optionality clause, etc.

6

Paragraph 2 or 3 of Schedule I to FEMA. 20/2000-RB dated 3rd May 2000

Issue of shares without approval of RBI or FIPB respectively, wherever required.

3. The above contraventions can be compounded by all Regional Offices (except Kochi and Panaji) without any limit on the amount of contravention.  Kochi and Panaji Regional offices can compound the above contraventions for amount of contravention below Rupees one hundred lakh (Rs.1,00,00,000/-). The contraventions above Rupees one hundred lakh (Rs.1,00,00,000/-) under the jurisdiction of Panaji and Kochi Regional Offices and all other contraventions of FEMA will continue to be compounded at Cell for Effective Implementation of FEMA (CEFA), Mumbai, as hitherto.

4. Accordingly, applications for compounding related to the above contraventions may be submitted by the concerned entities to the respective Regional Offices under whose jurisdiction they fall. For all other contraventions, applications may continue to be submitted to CEFA, Foreign Exchange Department, 5th floor, Amar Building, Sir P.M.Road, Fort, Mumbai 400001.

5. The above modifications will come into force with immediate effect. All other instructions on compounding shall remain unchanged.

6. Authorised Dealers may bring the contents of this circular to the notice of their constituents and customers concerned.

7. The directions contained in this circular have been issued under sections 10 (4) and 11 (1) of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (42 of 1999).

Yours faithfully

(Rudra Narayan Kar)
Chief General Manager-In-Charge

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