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INDIAN COMPANIES (FOREIGN INTERESTS) ACT, 1918 [REPEALED]

Ministry of Law and Justice

Act nº 20 of 1918


  • Part III
  • Act nº 20 of 1918

Preamble

THE INDIAN COMPANIES (FOREIGN INTERESTS) ACT, 1918

[Act, No. 20 of 1918]

[AS ON 1956]

[26th September, 1918]

PREAMBLE

An Act to take power to prohibit the alteration, except with the sanction of {Substituted by the A.O. 1950 for the G.G. in C.} [the Central Government], of articles of association which restrict foreign interests in certain Companies, and to provide for other purposes connected therewith.

WHEREAS it is expedient to take power to prohibit the alteration, except with the sanction of [the Central Government], of articles of association which restrict foreign interests in certain companies, and to provide for other purposes connected therewith; It is hereby enacted as follows:

Section 1. Short title

This Act may be called the Indian Companies (Foreign Interests) Act, 1918.

Section 2. Definitions

(1) In this Act

{Substituted, by the A.O. 1950, for clause (a)} [(a) the expression "Commonwealth citizen" has the same meaning as in section 1 of the British Nationality Act, 1948 (11 & 12 Geo.6, ch.56.), but shall include any association incorporated in any part of the Commonwealth, including India];

(b) the expression "restrictive provision" means any provision in the articles of association of a company which, in the opinion of the Central Government, is designed to restrict or limit or has the effect of restricting or limiting the share or shares or interest which may be held, or the rights, powers or authority which may be conferred upon or exercised by or on behalf of persons other than {Substituted, by the A.O. 1950, for "British subjects".} [Commonwealth citizens] in the company, or in respect of the control, management or direction of the affairs thereof.

(2) All words and expressions used in this Act and defined in the {Now see the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956).} Indian Companies Act, 1913 (7 of 1913), shall be deemed to have the meanings respectively attributed to them by that Act.

Part III

Section 3. Application of Act

This Act shall apply to such companies as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, declare to be companies with restrictive provisions, and any such notification shall specify the restrictive provisions.

Section 4. Alternative in restrictive provisions and winding up

So long as a notification issued under section 3 is in force in force respect to any company, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any other Act

(1) no alteration of the articles of association of the company affecting either directly or indirectly any restrictive provision shall be of any effect until it has received the consent in writing of the Central Government;

(2) a resolution for the voluntary winding up of the company shall be of no effect unless the Central Government authorises or ratifies it by a written consent;

(3) any Court which has jurisdiction to wind up the company may in its discretion refuse to make a winding up order. In the exercise of its discretion, the Court shall be guided by the consideration whether the winding and is bona fide with a view to the discontinuance of the undertaking, or is with a view to continuing the undertaking freed either wholly or in part from any restrictive provision;

(4) the Central Government in giving consent, or the Court in making a winding up order, as the case may be, may impose such terms or conditions for giving effect to the purposes of this Act as {Substituted by the A.O.1937 for "he or it".} [it] thinks fit.

Repealing Act1
Indian Companies (Foreign Interests) and the Companies (Temporary Restrictions on Dividends) Repeal Act, 2000

THE INDIAN COMPANIES (FOREIGN INTERESTS) AND THE COMPANIES (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS ON DIVIDENDS) REPEAL ACT, 2000

[Act, No. 24 of 2000]

[11th August, 2000]

PREAMBLE

An Act to repeal the Indian Companies (Foreign Interests) Act, 1918 and the Companies (Temporary Restrictions on Dividends) Act, 1974.

be it enacted by Parliament in the Fifty-first Year of the Republic of India as follows:--

1. Short title

This Act may be called the Indian Companies (Foreign Interests) and the Companies (Temporary Restrictions on Dividends) Repeal Act, 2000.

2. Repeal of Acts

The Indian Companies (Foreign Interests) Act, 1918 (20 of 1918) and the Companies (Temporary Restrictions on Dividends) Act, 1974 (35 of 1974) are hereby repealed.