Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Companies Act_Practical Problems_35

Company Y with a paid-up capital of Rs.50 lakhs entered into a contract with company Z in which a director of Y is holding equity shares of the nominal value of Rs.50,000. The director did not disclose his interest at the Board meeting under section 299 of the Companies Act, 1956. Is the director liable for his act?

As per Section 299, the disclosure of interest by directors do not apply to any contract or arrangement within two companies where any of the directors of one company or two or more of them together holds or hold not more than 2% of the paid up share capital in the other company. In the present case, if the holding is less than 2%, the director is not liable.

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