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Section 2 – The Company Secretaries Act, 1980

The Company Secretaries Act, 1980





(1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires, –


(a) “Associate” means an Associate Member of the Institute;


(b) “Companies Act” means the Companies Act, 1956, (1 of 1956);


(c) “Company Secretary” means a person who is a member of the Institute;


(d) “Council” means the Council of the Institute constituted under section 9;


(e) “dissolved company” means the Institute of Company Secretaries of India registered under the Companies Act;


(f) “Fellow” means a Fellow Member of the Institute;


(g) “Institute” means the Institute of Company Secretaries of India constituted under this Act;


(h) “prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made under this Act;


(i) “President” means the President of the Council;


(j) “Register” means the Register of members of the Institute maintained under this Act;


1[(ja) “specified” means specified by rules made by the Central Government under this Act;


(jb) “Tribunal” means a Tribunal established under sub-section (1) of section 10B;]


(k) “Vice-President” means the Vice-President of the Council;


(l) “Year” means the period commencing on the 1st day of April of any year and ending on the 31st day of March of the succeeding year;


(m) Words and expressions used herein and not defined but defined in the Companies Act shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in that Act.


(2) Save as otherwise provided in this Act, a member of the Institute shall be deemed “to be in practice” when, individually or in partnership with one or more members of the Institute in practice or in partnership with members of such other recognised professions as may be prescribed, he, in consideration of remuneration received or to be received,-


(a) Engages himself in the practice of the profession of Company Secretaries to, or in relation to, any company; or


(b) Offers to perform or performs services in relation to the promotion, forming, incorporation, amalgamation, reconstruction, reorganization or winding up of companies; or


(c) Offers to perform or performs such services as may be performed by –

(i) An authorised representative of a company with respect to filing, registering, presenting, attesting or verifying any documents (including forms, applications and returns) by or on behalf of the company,


(ii) A share transfer agent,


(iii) An issue house,


(iv) A share and stock broker,


(v) A secretarial auditor or consultant,


(vi) An adviser to a company on management, including any legal or procedural matter falling under the Capital Issues (Control) Act, 1947, (29 of 1947), the Industries (Development and Regulation) Act, 1951, (65 of 1951), the Companies Act, 1956 the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956, (42 of 1956), any of the rules or bye-laws made by a recognised stock exchange, the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act, 1969, (54 of 1969), the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, 1973, (46 of 1973), or under any other law for the time being in force.


(vii) Issuing certificates on behalf of, or for the purposes of, a company; or


(d) Holds himself out to the public as a Company Secretary in practice; or


(e) Renders professional services or assistance with respect to matters of principle or detail relating to the practice of the profession of Company Secretaries, or


(f) Renders such other services as, in the opinion of the Council, are or may be rendered by a Company Secretary in practice; and the words “to be in practice” with their grammatical variations and cognate expressions, shall be construed accordingly.



1. Ins. by Act 8 of 2006, sec. 2 (w.e.f. 8-8-2006).



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