Law Relating to Prevention of Oppression & Mismanagement of Companies
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The book deals with measures as an alternative to winding up of a company to prevent mismanagement

and oppressive conduct of majority shareholders which is burdensome, harsh and wrongful, lacking

probity, unfair to the member, and causing prejudice to him in the exercise of his legal and proprietary

rights as shareholder and the Tribunal regulating, overseeing and supervising the working of the company

and making such orders as it thinks fit, relieving the minority shareholders from acts of oppression and

mismanagement or preventing its affairs being conducted in a manner prejudicial to public interest. It

consists of 13 chapters

• Chapter 1 is an introduction explaining the concept of corporate governance, the genesis and the

scheme of the Chapter XVI of the Companies Act, 2013 “ Prevention of Oppression and

Mismanagement” and also explaining that doctrines and concepts routinely applicable to dealing with

other civil cases are not normally applicable;

• Chapter 2 deals with making application to the Tribunal seeking relief from oppression and


• Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 explain concepts respectively of “Oppression” and “ Mismanagement” with

illustrations drawn from decisions of Indian and foreign courts;

• Chapter 5 deals with the Tribunal investigating a person guilty of fraud, misfeasance, persistent

negligence or default in carrying on the business and debarring him for five years, if found guilty, to hold

the post of a director or a post of responsibility;

• Chapters 6 to 10 deal with Tribunal powers to make orders as it considers think fit as also orders on

particular matters providing for regulation of company in future, sale of shares, removal and

appointment of directors, orders on just and equitable grounds, power to issue injunction, etc;

• Chapter 11 deals with qualification of members making application to Tribunal for prevention of

oppression and mismanagement;

• Chapter 12 deals with concept of class action or derivative claim which allows for the initiation of a class

action suit by a member or a depositor on behalf of the members or depositors against directors for

conducting affairs of the company in a fraudulent, unlawful or wrongful manner;

• Chapter 13 deals with penalty for fraud by delinquent directors, liability for fraudulent conduct of

business, assessment of damages against them, etc.

D.P. Mittal

D. P. MittalB.Sc., BA (Economics), L.L.B is an advocate, tax and business law consultant. He has a long experience in administering tax laws as an officer of Indian Revenue Service and in advising investors and entrepreneurs on legal, commercial and tax aspects of investment in India as an advocate now and previously as a senior adviser in the Indian Investment Centre, New Delhi (a Government of India Organization). He has authored widely acclaimed books - Principles of Constitutional .......

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