Unit – 24 : Offences and Penalties OFFENCES
If any person:
- contravenes, or
- attempts to contravene, or
- abets the contravention of the provisions of the SARFAESI Act or rules made thereunder, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to one year or with a fine or both.
COGNISANCE OF OFFENCES
Section 30 provides that cognisance of the offence under the SARFAESI Act shall be taken by the Metropolitan Magistrate or the Judicial Magistrate of First Class only. No Court below rank than this can take cognisance of such offences.
Section 23 of the Act provides for filing of the particulars of charge created. Section 24 has provides for modification of the charge filed and the Section 25 has provides that the satisfaction of the charge has to be intimated to the central registrar. If the securitisation or reconstruction company or the secured creditor fails to perform any of the duties as stated above, the company and the officers concerned for the default, as per provisions of this section, are punishable with a fine that may extend to five thousand rupees for each day during which the default continues.
PENALTIES FOR NON-COMPLIANCE OF DIRECTIONS OF RESERVE BANK OF INDIA
Under the Section 12 of the SARFAESI Act, the Reserve Bank of India is statutorily empowered to issue directions to the securitisation or reconstruction company. If any such company fails to comply with any of the directions issued by the Reserve Bank of India, then such company is punishable with a fine not exceeding Rs. 5 lakh for the default. In case of further continuation of the offence, an additional fine up to Rs. 10,000 per day of the default can be imposed.