Minister of State for Corporate Affairs PP Chaudhary has said in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha that prior to demonetisation, 16,08,637 number of companies stood registered.
He stated that after demonetisation, the Registrars of Companies (ROCs) has identified 2.97 lakh companies during 2017-18, which were not filing their financial statements or annual returns for a continuous period of two or more financial years and, prima facie, were not conducting any business or operation.
Out of such identified companies, ROCs had removed the names of 2,26,166 companies, as on 19th December 2017, from the register of companies by following the due procedure under Section 248 of the Companies Act, 2013.
Further, based on information received from various banks, the Central government has ordered investigations into the true ownership of 68 such companies under Section 216 read with Section 210(1)(c) of the Companies Act, 2013, which have deposited Rs. 25 crores or more in bank accounts and withdrew in an exceptional manner post-demonetisation. The investigations are underway.
As of now, the government has identified 3,09,619 directors as disqualified under Section 164(2)(a) of the Companies Act, 2013, pertaining to companies for which financial statements or annual returns have not been filed for a continuous period of three financial years.