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STATE BANK OF SIKKIM (ACQUISITION OF SHARES) AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS ACT

Ministry of Law and Justice

Act nº 62 of 1982


  • Chapter I
  • Chapter II
  • Chapter III
  • Chapter IV
  • Chapter V
  • Chapter VI. Provisions Relating to the Employees of the Sikkim Bank
  • Chapter VII
  • Schedules
  • Act nº 62 of 1982

Preamble

THE STATE BANK OF SIKKIM (ACQUISITION OF SHARES) AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS ACT, 1982

[Act, No. 62 of 1982]

[6th November, 1982]

PREAMBLE

An Act to provide, in the public interest, for the acquisition of certain shares of the State Bank of Sikkim for the purpose of better consolidation and extension of banking facilities in the State of Sikkim and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

WHEREAS for the purpose of better consolidation and extension of banking facilities in the State of Sikkim, it is expedient to provide for a single apex banking institution in that State, and for that purpose to provide for the acquisition of certain shares of the State Bank of Sikkim and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto;

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Thirty-third Year of the Republic of India as follows:-

Chapter I

Section 1. Short title and commencement

(1) This Act may be called the State Bank of Sikkim (Acquisition of Shares) and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1982.

(2) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoin.

Section 2. Definitions

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a) "appointed day" means the date on which this Act comes into force;

(b) "co-operative bank" means the Sikkim State Co-operative Bank Limited, a society registered under the Sikkim Co-operative Societies Act, 1978;

(c) "notification" means a notification published in the Official Gazette;

(d) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act;

(e) "Sikkim Bank" means the State Bank of Sikkim constituted under the State Bank of Sikkim Proclamation, 1968;

(f) "State Government" means the State Government of Sikkim;

(g) "United Commercial Bank" means the United Commercial Bank constituted under section 3 of the Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings)Act, 1970 (5 of 1970.);

(h) words and expressions used herein and not defined but defined in the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956.), shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in that Act.

Chapter II

Section 3. Vesting in the Central Government of certain shares of Sikkim Bank

(1) On the appointed day, all the shares in the shares capital of the State Bank of Sikkim, other than the shares held by the State Government, shall, by virtue of this Act, stand transferred to, and shall vest in, the Central Government.

(2) All the shares which have vested in the Central Government under sub-section (1) shall, by force of such vesting, be freed and discharged of all trusts, liabilities, obligations, mortgages, charges, liens and other encumbrances affecting them, and any attachment or injunction or any decree or order of any court, tribunal or other authority restricting the use of such shares in any manner shall be deemed to have been withdrawn.

(3) Notwithstanding the transfer of the shares of the Sikkim Bank to the Central Government under sub-section (1), any person holding such shares, who immediately before the appointed day is entitled to payment of dividend on such shares, shall be entitled to receive from the co-operative bank-

(a) all dividends accruing due on his shares in respect of the half-year which ended before the appointed day and remaining unpaid;

(b) dividends calculated at a rate to be specified by the Central Government in respect of any period immediately preceding the appointed day for which the Sikkim Bank had not declared any dividend.

Chapter III

Section 4. Vesting of undertaking of Sikkim Bank

On the appointed day, the undertakings of the Sikkim Bank shall, by virtue of this Act, stand transferred to, and shall vest in, the Central Government.

Section 5. General effect of vesting

(1) The undertakings of the Sikkim Bank shall be deemed to include all assets, rights, powers, authorities and privileges, and all property, movable and immovable, cash balances, reserve funds, investments and all other rights and interests in, or arising out of, such property as were immediately before the appointed day in the ownership, possession, power or control of the Sikkim Bank in relation to its undertakings, and all book of account, registers, records and all other documents of whatever nature relating thereto and shall also be deemed to include all borrowings, liabilities and obligations of whatever kind then subsisting of the Sikkim Bank in relation to its undertakings.

(2) Unless otherwise expressly provided in this Act, all contracts, deeds, bonds, agreements, powers of attorney, grants of legal representation and other instruments of whatever nature subsisting or having effect immediately before the appointed day and to which the Sikkim Bank is a party or which are in favour of the said Bank shall be of as full force and effect against or in favour of the Central Government.

(3) If, on the appointed day, and suit, appeal or other proceeding of whatever nature in relation to any business of the undertakings which have been transferred under section 4 is pending by or against the Sikkim Bank, the same shall not abate, be discontinued, or be in any way prejudicially affected by reason of the transfer of the undertakings of the Sikkim Bank or of anything contained in this Act, but the suit, appeal or other proceeding may be continued, prosecuted or enforced by or against the Central Government.

Section 6. Vesting of the shares and undertakings of Sikkim Bank in the State Government

(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in sections 3, 4 and 5, the Central Government shall as soon as may be, after the commencement of this act, direct by notification that the shares of the Sikkim Bank which have vested in the Central Government under section 3 and the undertakings of the Sikkim Bank which have vested in the Central Government under section 4 shall, instead of continuing to vest in the Central Government, vest in the State Government of Sikkim, on the date of the notification.

(2) Where the shares and the undertakings of the Sikkim Bank vest in the State Government under sub-section (1), the State Government shall, on and from the date of such vesting be deemed to have become the owner in relation to such shares and undertakings and all the rights and liabilities of the Central Government in relation to such shares and undertakings shall, on and from the date of such vesting be deemed to have become the rights and liabilities, respectively, of the State Government.

Section 7. Power of State Government to direct vesting of the undertakings of Sikkim Bank the Sikkim Co-operative bank

(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in sections 4, 5 and 6, the State Government may, if it is satisfied that the co-operative bank is willing to comply,.or has complied, with such terms and conditions as that Government may think fit to impose, including the terms and conditions regarding allotment of its shares, direct, by notification that the undertakings of the Sikkim Bank which have vested in the Central Government under section 4 and thereafter in the State Government under section 6, shall instead of continuing to vest in the State Government, vest in the co-operative bank either on the date of the notification or on such earlier or later date (not being a date earlier than the appointed day) as maybe specified in the notification.

(2) Where the undertakings of the Sikkim Bank vest in the co-operative bank under sub-section (1) that bank shall, on and from the date of such vesting, be deemed to have become the owner in relation to such undertakings and all the rights and liabilities of the Central Government or the State Government in relation to such undertakings shall, on and from the date of such vesting be deemed to have become the rights and liabilities, respectively, of the co-operative bank.

Chapter IV

Section 8. Payment of amounts

(1)For the transfer to, and vesting in the Central Government, of the shares of the Sikkim Bank under section 3, there shall be given by the Central Government to the holders of such shares in cash and in the manner specified in the Schedule, an amount of rupees eight lakhs twelve thousand two hundred and ninety-five.

(2)The amount specified in sub-section (1) shall carry simple interest at the rate of five and a half per cent per annum for the period commencing on the appointed day and ending on the date on which payment of such amount is made to the shareholders.

Chapter V

Section 9. Management etc., of the undertakings of Sikkim Bank

(1) The State Government in which the undertakings of the Sikkim Bank have vested under section 6 shall be entitled to exercise all such powers and do all such things as the Sikkim Bank is authorised to exercise and do in relation to its undertakings.

(2) The general superintendence, direction, control and management of the affairs and business of the undertakings of the Sikkim Bank which have vested under section 4 in the Central Government and under section 6in the State Government shall, where a direction has been made by the State Government under sub-section (1) of section 7, vest in the co-operative bank specified in such direction and thereupon, the co-operative bank shall be entitled too exercise all such powers and do all such things as the Sikkim Bank is authorised to exercise and do in relation to its undertakings.