NOTIFICATION OF THE COMPANIES (ARRESTS IN CONNECTION WITH INVESTIGATION BY SERIOUS FRAUD INVESTIGATION OFFICE) RULES, 2017. The MCA vide its notification dated 24 August 2017 has notified the Companies (Arrest in connection with Investigation by Serious Fraud Investigation Office) Rules, 2017 which stands effective from 24 August 2017. Key highlights:
- Where the Director, AdditionalDirector or Assistant Director of the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (herein after referred to as SFIO) investigating into the affairs of a company other than a Government company or foreign company has, on the basis of material in his possession, reason to believe (the reason for such belief to be recordedin writing) that any person has been guilty of any offence punishable under section 212of the Act, he may arrest such person; Provided that in case of an arrest being made by Additional Director or Assistant Director, the prior written approval of the Director SFIO shall be obtained.
- The Director SFIO shall be the competent authority for all decisions pertaining to arrest.
- An arrest register shall be maintained in the office of Director, SFIO and the Director or any officer nominated by Director shall ensure that entries with regard to particulars of the arrestee, date and time of arrest and other relevant information pertaining to the arrest are made in the arrest register in respect of all arrests made by the arresting officers
- The provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974), relating to arrest shall be applied mutatis mutandis to every arrest made under this Act.