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CALTEX [ACQUISITION OF SHARES OF CALTEX OIL REFINING (INDIA) LIMITED AND OF THE UNDERTAKINGS IN INDIA OF CALTEX (INDIA) LIMITED] ACT

Ministry of Law and Justice

Act nº 17 of 1977


  • Chapter I
  • Chapter II
  • Chapter III
  • Chapter IV
  • Chapter V
  • Chapter VI
  • Schedules
  • Act nº 17 of 1977

Preamble

THE CALTEX [ACQUISITION OF SHARES OF CALTEX OIL REFINING (INDIA) LIMITED AND OF THE UNDERTAKINGS IN INDIA OF CALTEX (INDIA) LIMITED] ACT, 1977

[Act, No. 17 of 1977]

[23rd April, 1977]

PREAMBLE

An Act to provide, in the public interest, for the acquisition of the shares of Caltex Oil Refining (India) Limited and for the acquisition and transfer of the right, title and interest of Caltex (India) Limited in relation to its undertakings in India and thereby to secure that the ownership and control of the petroleum products produced by the Caltex Oil Refining (India) Limited, and marketed and distributed by the said undertakings, in India, are so distributed as best to subserve the common good.

WHEREAS the Caltex Petroleum Corporation (a foreign company) has at present the ownership of, and control over, a significant portion of the petroleum products produced, marketed and distributed in India by reason of the fact that one of its subsidiaries, namely, the Caltex Oil Refining (India) Limited (an Indian company), is carrying on the business of refining crude oil and producing petroleum products in India and another of its subsidiaries, namely, the Caltex (India) Limited (a foreign company), is carrying on through its undertakings in India the business of marketing and distributing petroleum products;

AND WHEREAS it is expedient in the public interest that the shares of the said Caltex Oil Refining (India) Limited and the undertakings in India of the said Caltex (India) Limited should be acquired;

AND WHEREAS such acquisition is for giving effect to the policy of the State towards securing the principle specified in clause (b) of article 39 of the Constitution as the ownership and control of the material resources of the community, to wit the petroleum products produced by the said Caltex Oil Refining (India) Limited and marketed and distributed by the undertakings of the said Caltex (India) Limited, in India, would by reason of such acquisition become vested in the State and thereby so distributed as best to subserve the common good.

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Twenty-eighth Year of the Republic of India as follows :--

Chapter I

Section 1. Short title and commencement

(1) This Act may be called the Caltex [Acquisition of Shares of Caltex Oil Refining (India) Limited and of the Undertakings in India of Caltex (India) Limited] Act, 1977.

(2) It shall be deemed to have come into force on the 30th day of December, 1976.

Section 2. Definitions

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,--

(a) "appointed day" means the 30th day of December, 1976;

(b) "Caltex (India)" means the Caltex (India) Limited, a foreign company within the meaning of section 591 of the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956.), incorporated in Bahamas Islands and having its registered office in the City of Nassau in the Island of New Providence;

(c) "Caltex Oil Refining" means the Caltex Oil Refining (India) Limited, being a company as defined in the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956.), and having its registered office at Shoorji Vallabhdass Marg, Bombay ;

(d) "Caltex Petroleum" means the Caltex Petroleum Corporation, a company incorporated in the State of Delaware in the United States of America and having its principal business office at 380, Madison Avenue, New York, United States of America;

(e) "Government company" means a company as defined in section 617 of the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956.);

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

(g) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act.

Chapter II

Section 3. Transfer and vesting in the Central Government of shares of Caltex Oil Refining

(1) On the appointed day, all the shares in the capital of Caltex Oil Refining shall, by virtue of this Act, stand transferred to, and vested 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.

(3) Any dividend payable by Caltex Oil Refining in respect of any period beginning from the 1st day of January, 1976, shall be payable to the Central Government.

Section 4. Management of Caltex Oil Refining

(1) For the purpose of enabling Caltex Oil Refining to function as a Government company, the Central Government may, by notification, make such amendments in the memorandum and articles of association of that company and such other provisions as it may consider necessary.

(2) Any amendments in the memorandum and articles of association of Caltex Oil Refining and any other provisions made under sub-section (1), shall have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956.).

Chapter III

Section 5. Transfer and vesting in the Central Government of the undertakings of Caltex (India) in India

On the appointed day, the right, title and interest of Caltex (India) in relation to its undertakings in India shall, by virtue of this Act, stand transferred to, and vested in, the Central Government

Section 6. General effect of vesting

(1) The undertaking of Caltex (India) referred to in section 5 shall be deemed to include all assets, rights, powers, authorities and privileges and all property, movable and immovable, cash balances, reserve funds, book debts, 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 Caltex (India), in relation to its undertakings in India, and all books of account, registers, records and all other documents of whatever nature relating thereto and shall also be deemed to include all borrowings, liabilities (including the liability for the payment of any pension and other pensionary benefits to the persons employed in relation, to its undertakings in India) and obligations of whatever kind then subsisting of Caltex (India) in relation to its undertakings in India :

Provided that remittances outside India of any money for the payment of pension or other pensionary benefits shall be subject to the rules and regulations for the time being in force in relation to such remittances.

(2) The profits earned by Caltex (India) in relation to its undertakings in India from the 1st day of January, 1976 shall be payable to the Central Government.

(3) Unless otherwise expressly provided by this Act, all deeds, bonds, agreements, powers of attorney, grants of legal representation and other instruments of whatever nature in relation to the undertakings of Caltex (India) in India subsisting or having effect immediately before the appointed day, and to which Caltex (India) is a party or which are in favour of Caltex (India) shall be of a full force and effect against or in favour of the Central Government and may be enforced or acted as fully and effectually as if in the place of Caltex (India), the Central Government had been a party thereto or as if they had been issued in favour of the Central Government.

(4) If on the appointed day, any suit, appeal or other proceeding of whatever nature in relation to the undertaking of Caltex (India) in India, which have been transferred to, and vested in, the Central Government under section 5, is pending by or against Caltex (India), the same shall not abate, be discontinued or be, in any way, prejudicially affected by reason of the transfer of the undertakings of Caltex (India) in India or of anything contained in this Act but the suit, appeal or other proceeding may be continued, prosecuted and enforced by or against the Central Government.

Section 7. Special provisions as to certain rights and interests held by Caltex (India) before the appointed day

(1) Every right or interest in respect of any property in India (including a right under any lease or under any right of tenancy or any right under any arrangement to secure any premises for any purpose), which Caltex (India) held immediately before the appointed day, shall, notwithstanding anything contained in any other law or in any agreement or instrument relating to such right or interest, vest in, and be held by, the Central Government on and after the appointed day on the same terms and conditions on which Caltex (India) would have held it, if no negotiations had taken place for the acquisition by the Central Government of the undertakings of Caltex (India) in India or, as the case may be, if this Act had not been passed.

(2) If at any time after the 2nd day of February, 1974 (being the date on which the Central Government's policy for acquiring undertakings engaged in the production, marketing or distribution of petroleum products was made known) and before the commencement of this Act, Caltex (India) surrendered or otherwise relinquished any right or interest in respect of any property in India (including a right under any lease or under any right of tenancy or a right under any arrangement to secure any premises for any purpose), the, for the purposes of this Act, notwithstanding anything contained in any other law or in any agreement or instrument relating to such right or interest, the Central Government shall, on and after the appointed day, be entitled to such right or interest on the same terms and conditions on which Caltex (India) would have been entitled to such right or interest if it had not surrendered or otherwise relinquished such right or interest and this Act had not been passed :

Provided that nothing in this sub-section shall apply to any right or interest surrendered or otherwise relinquished by Caltex (India) before the commencement of this Act for sufficient monetary consideration.

(3) On the expiry of the term of any lease, tenancy or arrangement referred to in sub-section (1) or sub-section (2), such lease or tenancy or arrangement shall, if so desired by the Central Government, be renewed or continued, so far as may be, on the same terms and conditions on which the lease or tenancy or arrangement was originally granted or entered into.

Section 8. Removal of doubts

(1) For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that the provisions of sections 5, 6 and 7 shall apply to the extent to which any property appertains to the business carried on by Caltex (India) in India; and to the rights and powers acquired, and to debts, liabilities and obligation incurred, and to contracts, agreements and other instruments made, by Caltex (India) in India, and to legal proceedings relating to those matters pending in any court or tribunal in India.

(2) If any question arises as to whether any property appertained, immediately before the appointed day, to any business of Caltex (India) in India, or whether any rights, powers, debts, liabilities or obligations were acquired or incurred or any contract, agreement or other instrument was made by Caltex (India) for the purposes of its business in India, or whether any documents relate to those purposes, or whether the provisions of section 7 apply in relation to any property, the question shall be referred to the Central Government which shall, after giving a reasonable opportunity of being heard to the persons interested in the matter, decide it in such manner as it may think fit.

Section 9. Power of Central Government to direct vesting of the undertakings of Caltex (India) in a Government company

(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in sections 5, 6 and 7, the Central Government may, if it is satisfied that a Government company is willing to comply, or has complied, with such terms and conditions as that Government may think fit to impose, direct by notification, that the right, title and interest and the liabilities of Caltex (India) in relation to any of its undertakings in India shall, instead of continuing to vest in the Central Government, vest in the Government company either on the date of the notification or on such earlier or later date (not being a date earlier than the appointed day) as may be specified in the notification.

(2) When the right, title and interest and the liabilities of Caltex (India) in relation to its undertakings in India vest in a Government company under sub-section (1), all the rights and liabilities of the Central 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 Government company.

(3) The provisions of sections 5, 6 and 7 shall, so far as may be, apply in relation to such Government company as they apply in relation to the Central Government and for this purpose references therein to the "Central Government" shall be construed as references to such Government company.

Chapter IV

Section 10. Payment of amount to Caltex Petroleum and Caltex (India)

(1) For the transfer to, and vesting in, the Central Government under section 3 of the shares of Caltex Oil Refining and for the transfer to, and vesting in, the Central Government under section 5 of the right, title and interest of Caltex (India) in relation to its undertakings in India, there shall be paid by the Central Government an aggregate amount of rupees thirteen crores to Caltex Petroleum and Caltex (India) in the proportions agreed to by them.

(2) The amount specified in sub-section (1) shall carry interest free of income-tax at the rate of either per cent.per annum from the 1st day of January, 1977, till the date of payment in the manner specified in the Schedule.

(3) The amounts payable under sub-sections (1) and (2) shall be payable in instalments in accordance with the provisions of the Schedule.

(4) In addition to the amounts mentioned in sub-sections (1) and (2) the Central Government shall pay to Caltex Petroleum or Caltex (India), as the case may be, such amount in Indian currency as may be required by the said companies to pay towards all taxes in India on the amounts payable under the said sub-sections and all other taxes in India the liability for the payment of which arises directly on the transfer to, and vesting in, the Central Government of the shares of Caltex Oil Refining and of the undertakings of Caltex (India) in India.