MCA has vide the Companies Ordinance 2019 which has been gazetted on 12th January, 2019 amended section 92 as follows:
Section 92 pertains to annual return to be filed by every company in India. This is one of the two mandatory annual filings to be done by every company in India. It is required to be filed within 60 days from the date of the annual general meeting or where no AGM is held, within 60 days from the last date on which AGM should have been held. It contains details of the Directors, shareholders, debt, managerial remuneration, share transfers, board meetings, general meetings, etc.
Section 92(5) is the penalty section, which has been modified. The amended section 92(5) states as follows:
“If a 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 penalty of Rs.50,000/- and in case of continuing failure, with a further penalty of Rs.100 per day during which the failure continues, subject to maximum of Rs.500,000/-.”
What has changed is that earlier the company was subject to a penalty of not less than Rs.50,000/- but which may extend to Rs.500,000/- and every officer of the company who is in default shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 6 months OR fine of Rs.50,000/- which may extend to Rs.5000,000/- or with both.
So the imprisonment has been removed and penalty for both the company and officer in default has been made common i.e. Rs.50,000/-. Penalty for continuing failure has been added, which was not there hitherto.