If the charge is not registered within the extended period as above, the company shall make an application and the Registrar is empowered to allow such registration to be made within a further period of sixty days after payment of prescribed ad valorem fees.
Procedure for Extension of Time Limit: The company is required to make an application to the Registrar in the prescribed form9 for seeking extension of time. It should be supported by a declaration from the company signed by its company secretary or a director that such belated filing shall not adversely affect the rights of any other intervening creditors of the company.
The Registrar on receiving an application for extension of time as aforesaid shall be satisfied that the company had sufficient cause for not filing the particulars and instrument of charge, if any within the original period of thirty days. Only then shall he allow registration of charge within the extended period. Further, requisite additional fee or ad valorem fee, as applicable, must also be paid.
E. Issue of Certificate of Registration
Where a charge or Modification is duly registered by the Registrar, a certificate of Registration/ Modification shall be issued by the Registrar in the prescribed form. The certificate so issued by the Registrar shall be conclusive evidence that the requirements of Chapter VI of the Act and the rules made thereunder as to registration of creation of charge have been complied with.
F. Section 77 not to apply to certain charges
The application of Section 77 shall not be made to certain charges which are prescribed in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India.12
3. CONSEQUENCE OF NON-REGISTRATION OF CHARGE [SECTION 77 (3) & (4)]
No charge created by a company shall be taken into account by the liquidator appointed under the Companies Act, 2013 or the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 or any other creditor unless it is duly registered and a certificate of registration of such charge is given by the Registrar.
This means that the charge will become void against the liquidator and other creditors of the company. That is to say, at the time of winding up, the creditor whose charge has not been registered will be reduced to the level of an unsecured creditor. Neither the liquidator nor any other creditor will give legal recognition to a charge that is not registered.
But this shall not prejudice any contract or obligation for the repayment of the money secured by a charge. This means that the debt is valid and may be enforced against the company through the courts by filing a suit, but the security is lost.
Further, it may be noted that failure to register charge shall not absolve a company from its liability in respect of any offence under this Chapter.
Another important consequence of non-registration is that the charge-holder loses priority. Any subsequent registration of a charge (i.e. even if it is registered within the extended period instead of original thirty days) shall not prejudice any right acquired in respect of any property before the charge is actually registered.
Example 4: Bank A has advanced Rs. One Crore to Akash Limited against the security of the company’s land and building at Mulund. The charge was created by deposit of title deeds on 1st June 2019. The company did not register the charge within 30 days. Subsequently, the charge was registered on 13th August 2019 after payment of ad valorem fees and proving sufficient cause.
In the meantime, Bank B has advanced Rs. Two Crore to Akash Limited against the security of the same property on 20th June 2019. This charge was duly registered on 27th June 2019.
Subsequently, Akash Limited goes into liquidation and the property realises only Rs. Two crores.
Now, Bank B will receive its loan back fully, but Bank A will not realise anything. Because, the subsequent registration of the charge in favour of Bank A will not prejudice the right of Bank B which obtained its right before the charge in favour of Bank A was actually registered. Thus, Bank B gets priority over Bank A even though its charge was created later.
4. APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF CHARGE BY CHARGE-HOLDER [SECTION 78]
It can be seen from the foregoing discussion that non-registration or delayed registration would seriously affect the charge-holder’s interest. Therefore the law gives the charge-holder a concession. Section 78 of the Companies Act, 2013, empowers the holder of charge to get the charge registered in case the company creating the charge on its property fails to do so.
Accordingly, if a charge is created but the company primarily responsible for registering the charge fails to do so within the prescribed period of 30 days [as provided in section 77 (1)], the person in whose favour the charge is created (i.e. charge-holder) may apply to the Registrar for registration of the charge along with the instrument of charge within the prescribed time, form and manner.
On receipt of application from the charge-holder, the Registrar shall give a notice to the company and if no objection is received, allow such registration within a period of 14 days after giving notice to the company on payment of the prescribed fees.
However, the Registrar shall not allow such registration by the charge-holder, if the company itself registers the charge or shows sufficient cause why such charge should not be registered.
Recovery of fees: In case, registration is effected on application made by the holder of charge, such person shall be entitled to recover from the company the amount of any fees or additional fees paid by him to the Registrar for the purpose of registration of charge.
5. ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY SUBJECT TO CHARGE AND MODIFICATION OF CHARGE [SECTION 79]
Two situations are contemplated.
- Acquisition by a company of any property that is already subject to charge.
- Modification in the terms and conditions or modification in the extent or operation of any charge already registered.
The provisions contained in section 77 relating to registration of charge shall as far as may be apply in both the above situations.
A. Company acquiring any Property subject to Charge [Section 79 (a)]
In case of a property where charge is already registered and if it is sold with the permission of the holder of charge, it shall be the duty of the company acquiring it to get the charge registered in accordance with Section 77. In other words, the earlier charge should get vacated and, in its place, new charge should get registered by the company which has acquired it.
B. Modification of Charge when there is Change in Terms and Conditions, etc. [Section 79 (b)]
Section 79 (b) requires any modification in charge (i.e. change in terms and conditions or change in extent or operation of any charge, etc.) to be registered by the company in accordance with Section 77.
‘Modification’ includes variation in any of the terms and conditions of the agreement including change in rate of interest which may be by mutual agreement or by operation of law. Variation in extent or operation of any charge is also a kind of modification. Even if the rights of a charge holder are assigned to a third party, it will be regarded as a modification.
Some other examples of ‘modification’ are as under:
- where the charge is modified by varying any terms and conditions of the existing charge through an agreement;
- where the modification is in pursuance of an agreement for enhancing or decreasing the limits;
- where the modification is by ceding a pari passu charge;
- where there is change in rate of interest (other than bank rate);
- where there is change in repayment schedule of loan; (not applicable in case of working loans which are repayable on demand); and
- where there is partial release of the charge on a particular asset or property.
C. Issue of Certificate of Modification
As per Rule 6, where the particulars of modification of charge is registered under section 79, the Registrar shall issue a certificate of modification of charge in Form CHG-3.
The certificate so issued by the Registrar shall be conclusive evidence that the requirements of Chapter VI of the Act and the rules made thereunder as to registration of modification of charge have been complied with.
6. COMPANY TO REPORT SATISFACTION OF CHARGE [SECTION 82]
1. Intimation regarding Satisfaction of Charge
Section 82 of the Act of 2013, requires a company to give intimation of payment or satisfaction in full of any charge earlier registered, to the Registrar in the prescribed form. The intimation needs to be given within a period of 30 days from the date of such payment or satisfaction.
Extended period of intimation: Proviso to Section 82 (1) extends the period of intimation from thirty days to three hundred days. Accordingly, it is provided that the Registrar may, on an application by the company or the charge holder, allow such intimation of payment or satisfaction to be made within a period of three hundred days of such payment or satisfaction on payment of prescribed additional fees.
2. Notice to the Holder of Charge by the Registrar
On receipt of intimation, the Registrar shall cause a notice to be sent to the holder of the charge calling upon him to show cause within such time as specified in the notice but not exceeding 14 days, as to why payment or satisfaction in full should not be recorded.
If no cause is shown by the charge-holder, the Registrar shall order entering of a memorandum of satisfaction in the register of charges kept by him and accordingly, he shall inform
the company of having done so.
However, no notice is required to be sent, in case the intimation to the Registrar in this regard is in the specified form and signed by the holder of charge.
If any cause is shown by the charge-holder, the Registrar shall record a note to that effect in the register of charges and inform the company.
3. Issue of Certificate
As per Rule 8 (2), in case the Registrar enters a memorandum of satisfaction of charge in full, he shall issue a certificate of registration of satisfaction of charge in Form No. CHG-5.
4. Preservation of Records
The instrument creating a charge or modification thereon shall be preserved for a period of eight years from the date of satisfaction of charge by the company.
7. POWER OF REGISTRAR TO MAKE ENTRIES OF SATISFACTION AND RELEASE IN ABSENCE OF INTIMATION FROM COMPANY [SECTION 83]
Section 83 of the Act of 2013 empowers the Registrar to make entries with respect to the satisfaction and release of charges even if no intimation has been received by him from the company.
This situation would arise where the property subject to a charge is sold to a third- party and neither the company nor the charge-holder has intimated the Registrar regarding satisfaction of the earlier charge.
Accordingly, with respect to any registered charge if evidence is shown to the satisfaction of Registrar that the debt secured by charge has been paid or satisfied wholly or in part or that the part of the property or undertaking charged has been released from the charge or has ceased to form part of the company’s property or undertaking, then he may enter in the register of charges a memorandum of satisfaction that:
- the debt has been satisfied in whole or in part; or
- part of the property or undertaking has been released from the charge or has ceased to form part of the company’s property or undertaking.
This power can be exercised by the Registrar despite the fact that no intimation has been received by him from the company.
According to Section 82 (4), Section 82 shall not be deemed to affect the powers of the Registrar to make an entry in the register of charges under section 83 otherwise than on receipt of an intimation from the company i.e. even if no intimation is received by him from the company.
Information to affected parties: The Registrar shall inform the affected parties within 30 days of making the entry in the register of charges.
Issue of Certificate: As per Rule 8 (2), in case the Registrar enters a memorandum of satisfaction of charge in full, he shall issue a certificate of registration of satisfaction of charge in Form No. CHG-5.
8. INTIMATION OF APPOINTMENT OF RECEIVER OR MANAGER [SECTION 84]
Section 84 of the Act of 2013 deals with the appointment of a receiver or manager and of giving intimation thereof to the company and the Registrar.
- if any person obtains an order for the appointment of a receiver or a person to manage the property which is subject to a charge, or
- if any person appoints such receiver or person under any power contained in any instrument,
he shall give notice of such appointment to the company and the Registrar along with a copy of the order or instrument within 30 days from the passing of the order or making of the appointment.
In turn, the Registrar shall, on payment of the prescribed fees, register particulars of the receiver, person or instrument in the register of charges.
On ceasing to hold such appointment, the person appointed as above shall give a notice to that effect to the company and the Registrar. In turn, the Registrar shall register such notice.
9. PUNISHMENT FOR CONTRAVENTION [SECTION 86]
(i) According to section 86 (1) of the Act of 2013, if a company contravenes any of the provisions relating to the registration of charges or modification or satisfaction of charges, the punishment shall be as under:
- the company shall be punishable with minimum fine of ` one lakh and maximum fine of ` ten lakhs; and
- every defaulting officer of the company shall be punishable with imprisonment maximum up to six months or with minimum fine of ` twenty- five thousand and maximum of ` one lakh, or with both.
(ii) With the insertion of sub-section (2)2, section 447 relating to ‘punishment for fraud’ also becomes applicable in certain cases. Accordingly, if any person wilfully furnishes:
- any false or incorrect information; or
- knowingly suppresses any material information;
which is required to be registered under section 77, he shall be liable for action under section 447.
10. RECTIFICATION BY CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IN REGISTER OF CHARGES [SECTION 87]
Rectification in Register of Charges
Section 87 of the Act of 2013 and Rule 12 empowers the Central Government to order rectification of Register of Charges in the following cases of default:
- when there was omission in giving intimation to the Registrar with respect to payment or satisfaction of charge within the specified time;
- when there was omission or mis-statement of any particulars in any filing previously made to the Registrar. Such filing may relate to any charge or any modification of charge or with respect to any memorandum of satisfaction or other entry made under Section 82 (Company to report satisfaction of charge) or Section 83 (Power of Registrar to make entries of satisfaction and release).
Before directing that the ‘time for giving the intimation of payment or satisfaction shall be extended’ or the ‘omission or mis-statement shall be rectified’, the Central Government needs to be satisfied that such default was accidental or due to inadvertence or because of some other sufficient cause or it did not prejudice the position of creditors or shareholders.
The application in Form CHG-8 shall be filed by the company or any interested person.
The order of rectification shall be made by the Central Government on such terms and conditions as it deems just and expedient.
“According to Rule 12 of the Companies (Registration of Charges) Rules, 2014:
The Central Government may on an application filed in Form No. CHG-8 in accordance with section 87-
- direct rectification of the omission or misstatement of any particulars, in any filing, previously recorded with the Registrar with respect to any charge or modification thereof, or with respect to any memorandum of satisfaction or other entry made in pursuance of section 82 or section 83,
- direct extension of time for satisfaction of charge, if such filing is not made within a period of three hundred days from the date of such payment or satisfaction.”