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CHAPTER XIV

STRIKING OFF NAME OF DEFUNCT LLP

37(1) Where a limited liability partnership is not carrying on any business or operation -

(a) for a period of two years or more and the Registrar has reasonable cause to believe the same, for the purpose of taking suo motu action for striking off the name of the LLP; or

(b) for a period of one year or more and has made an application in Form 24 to the Registrar, with the consent of all partners of the limited liability partnership for striking off its name from the register, the Registrar shall send a notice to the limited liability partnership and all its partners, of his intention to strike off the name of the limited liability partnership from the register and requesting them to send their representations along with copies of the relevant documents, if any, within a period of one month from the date of the notice:

Provided that no such notice by Registrar shall be required under clause (b):

Provided further that where the limited liability partnership is regulated under a special law, the application for removal of its name shall be accompanied by approval of the regulatory body constituted or established under that law.

 

*1[(1A) The limited liability partnership referred to in clause (b) of sub-rule (1) of rule 37 shall,—

 

 (I) file overdue returns in Form 8 and Form 11 up to the end of the financial year in which the limited liability partnership ceased to carry on its business or commercial operations before filing Form 24

;

 

 (II) enclose along with Form 24

,—

 

(a) a statement of account disclosing nil assets and nil liabilities, certified by a Chartered Accountant in practice made up to a date not earlier than thirty days of the date of filing of Form 24

;

 

 

(b) an affidavit signed by the designated partners, either jointly or severally, to the effect,— 

 

 

(i) that the Limited Liability Partnership has not commenced business or where it commenced business, it ceased to carry on such business from ………….(dd/mm/yyyy);

 

 

(ii) that the limited liability partnership has no liabilities and indemnifying any liability that may arise even after striking off its name from the Register;

 

 

(iii) that the Limited Liability Partnership has not opened any Bank Account and where it had opened, the said bank account has since been closed together with certificate(s) or statement from the respective bank demonstrating closure of Bank Account;

 

 

(iv) that the Limited Liability Partnership has not filed any Income-tax return where it has not carried on any business since its incorporation, if applicable.

 

 

(c) a copy of the acknowledgement of the latest Income-tax return filed under the Income-tax Act,1961 (43 of 1961) and the rules made thereunder for the time being in force, where the limited liability partnership has carried out any business and has filed such return.

 

 

(d) copy of the initial limited liability partnership agreement, if entered into and not filed, along with changes thereof in cases where the Limited Liability Partnership has not commenced business or commercial operations since its incorporation.

 

Explanation.—The date of cessation of commercial operation is the date from which the Limited Liability Partnership ceased to carry on its revenue generating business and the transactions such as receipt of money from debtors or payment of money to creditors, subsequent to such cessation will not form part of revenue generating business.]

(2) A notice issued under sub-rule (1) or contents of an application made by the LLP shall also be placed on the website of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs for the information of the general public for a period of one month.

(3) At the expiry of the time mentioned in the notice under sub-rule (1), or one month under sub-rule (2) above, the Registrar may, by an order, unless cause to the contrary is shown by the limited liability partnership, or the Registrar is satisfied that the name should not be struck off from the register, strike its name off the register, and shall publish notice thereof in the Official Gazette, and on the publication in the Official Gazette of this notice, the limited liability partnership shall stand dissolved.

(4) The Registrar, before passing an order under sub-rule (3), shall , where he has sufficient cause to believe that the limited liability partnership has any asset or liability, satisfy himself that sufficient provision has been made for the realization of all amount due to the limited liability partnership and for the payment or discharge of its liabilities and obligations by the limited liability partnership within a reasonable time and, if necessary, obtain necessary undertakings from the designated partner or partner or other persons in charge of the management of the limited liability partnership:

Provided that notwithstanding the undertakings referred to in this subrule, the assets of the limited liability partnership shall be made available for the payment or discharge of all its liabilities and obligations even after the date of the order removing the name of the limited liability partnership from the register.

(5) The liability, if any, of every designated partner of the limited liability partnership dissolved under sub-rule (3), shall continue and may be enforced as if the limited liability partnership had not been dissolved.

(6) Nothing in this rule shall affect the power of the Tribunal to wind up a limited liability partnership the name of which has been struck off the register.

Explanation.- In computing the period of 30 days from the date of order, the requisite time for obtaining a certified copy of order shall be excluded.

Note:

1. Inserted by Notification G.S.R. 470(E) Dated 16th May 2017.