Liabilities of a Company Secretary is divided into two types Statutory Liability and Contractual liability.
Statutory liabilities of a Company Secretary
- Default in Complying with name requirements – Fine of Rs. 1000 every day during which the default continues that cannot exceed Rs. 1 Lakh.
- Default is filing the return on the allotment – Fine Rs. 1000 every day during which the default continues or Rs. 1 lakh whichever is less
- Default in delivering Share Certificates /Debenture Certificates on time – Fine up to Rs. 5 lakh
- Default in filing annual return – Fine ranging from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 5 lakh
- Default in holding Annual General Meeting – Fine up to Rs. 5000/- during which the default continues extending to Rs. 1 lakh
- Failure to record minutes of the meeting – Fine upto Rs. 500/-
- Default in providing the P/L and B/S at AGM – Fine of Rs. 25,00 extending up to Rs. 1 lakh or imprisonment up to 6 months or both
- Failure to provide notice about Board meeting – Fine upto Rs. 1000
- Failure to maintain the register of members – Fine Ranging from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 3 Lakh
Contractual Liabilities of Company Secretary
- He is liable for any negligence on part of his duty. He may be dismissed.
- He must not do anything beyond his authority, if he does he will be personally liable for the loss
- He is under the obligation to not disclose any secret information about the company to outsiders
- He is liable for any secret profits made by him on account of his position
- If the Company Secretary commits any fraud, he must indemnify to the company for any loss that occurred.
- He derives his power from BoD therefore he should carry orders from BoD.
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