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CODE OF CONDUCT . OVERVIEW. The Company Secretaries Act, 1980: Chapter V – Section 21 to 22E First Schedule Second Schedule The Company Secretaries (Procedure of Investigations of Professional and Other Misconduct and Conduct of Cases) Rules, 2007. MISCONDUCT.

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  • The Company Secretaries Act, 1980:

Chapter V – Section 21 to 22E

First Schedule

Second Schedule

  • The Company Secretaries (Procedure of Investigations of Professional and Other Misconduct and Conduct of Cases) Rules, 2007
definition of misconduct
Definition of Misconduct

Section 22 of the Company Secretaries Act read with Schedule I and II


Appellate Authority

  • Also discuss what is the course available after Appellate Authority
  • Also the complainant cannot file appeal before the Appellate Authority
disciplinary directorate
  • Council has constituted Disciplinary Directorate (DD).
  • Complaint would be first received by DD then he will form a prima facie opinion.
  • Depending on the Schedule which covers the Misconduct, DD further places the matter before Board of Discipline or Disciplinary Committee.

The Complaint can be withdrawn at any time subject to the permission of BOD or DC

  • Council of ICSI constitutes BOD:

Presiding Officer : Person with experience in Law and having knowledge of Disciplinary matters and profession

2 Members : 1 Elected Council member

Chief Executive of the Institute appointed under section 16(1)(c) of the Act

  • DD functions as Secretary to the BOD

Summary procedure adopted by BOD for disposal of complaints

  • If found guilty, an Opportunity of being heard given to the member before making any order.
  • Reprimand
  • Removal of the name from the Register of members upto 3 months
  • Fine upto Rs. 1 Lakh

If DD is of the view that there is no prima facie case in the complaint, he will inform accordingly to the board.

  • If Board

Agrees - File closed

Disagrees - DD shall further investigate


Council constitutes DC consisting of:

  • President or VP of Council as Presiding Officer
  • 2 Council members
  • 2 Eminent persons nominated by Central Government
present disciplinary committee
Present Disciplinary Committee
  • Presiding officer- Mr. R. Sridharan
  • Members - Mr. Sanjay Grover

Mr. SudhirBabu C

Mr. S. Balasubramaniam

Mr. S. K. Tuteja


Council may constitute more Disciplinary Committees

  • DC free to prescribe own procedure
  • Before making any order, awarding punishment - Opportunity of being heard given to the Member.
  • Reprimand
  • Removal of name from the Register of Members (Even Permanently)
  • Fine upto Rs. 5 Lakhs
powers of civil court

The Authority, Disciplinary Committee, Board of Discipline and Director Discipline are vested with the powers of civil court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 in respect of the following matters, namely:

  • Summoning & Enforcing attendance
  • Examining on oath
  • Discovery & Production of Documents
  • Receiving evidence on Affidavit

Person ceasing to be a member of ICSI is subject to code of conduct if alleged misconduct was conducted during the period of his membership.

  • Misconduct could be professional as well as other misconduct, the other misconduct has been included in Part – IV of First Schedule and Part-III of Second Schedule
appellate authority
  • Appellate Authority for CA, CS and ICWA is same except that the two members will be nominated by the respective Institute. Three members including the Chairman will be common.
  • The Authority shall function in accordance with Section 22A – 22E of the CS Act.

Section 22E provides for appeal to authority:

  • Any member aggrieved by order of BOD/DC may within 90 days from communication of order to him, prefer an appeal
  • DD (subject to authority from the Council) may also file an appeal against decision of BOD/ DC
  • Delay beyond 90 days can be condoned by Appellate Authority

Appellate Authority may


Modify Order/ Penalty

Set Aside


Remit the case back to BOD/ DC

  • Opportunity of being heard given to the concerned parties

There is no provision for filing appeal by the complainant.

In such a scenario writ is the only option

part i misconduct in relation to pcs
PART I- Misconduct in relation to PCS
  • Allowing a non-member to practice in one’s name
  • Sharing fees with a non member
  • Accepting profits of a Professional work of a person, who is a non-member
  • Entering into Partnership with a non-member

Securing Professional assignment through a person unless he is an employee or a partner

  • Soliciting clients or professional work directly or indirectly.

---Applying/ Requesting/ Inviting/ Securing work from other PCS permitted

---Replying to tenders or enquiries permitted.


Advertising his attainment or services or using designation other than CS

---Displaying degree of University or membership of other professional bodies, if approved by Council, is permitted.

---Limited advertisement subject to guidelines issue by Council permitted


Accepting position of PCS without communicating with earlier incumbent in writing.

  • Charging fees as a percentage of profit or contingent on finding of result of the assignment.
  • Engaging in any business/ occupation other than profession of PCS

---Directorship in other companies is permitted

  • Allowing a non partner to sign on one’s behalf any certificate to be given as PCS.
part ii misconduct in relation to members in service
PART II- Misconduct in relation to members in service
  • Sharing of Emoluments with any other person
  • Accepting fees or profits from lawyers, CS, brokers, agents or customers by way of Commission or Gratification
part iii misconduct in respect of all members
PART III- Misconduct in respect of all Members
  • Describing oneself as fellow without being FCS.
  • Not supplying information called by Council/ Committee of the Council/ DD/ BOD/ DC/ QRB or Appellate Authority
  • Giving false information for procuring assignment.
  • Carry-on practice as a Company Secretary without proper Certificate of Practice.
part iv other misconduct
PART IV- Other Misconduct
  • If held guilty by any court for an offence punishable with imprisonment for a term upto 6 months
  • Bringing disrepute to the profession or the institute due to his action whether related to Professional work or otherwise.
part i misconduct in relation to pcs1
PART I- Misconduct in relation to PCS
  • Disclosing confidential information of client to others
  • Issuing certificate or report without examining the facts by himself or by his partner or employee or other PCS
  • Vouching accuracy of forecast or future transaction

Expressing opinion in respect of an enterprise in which he/ his partner has substantial interest

  • Suppressing material fact in report or certificate
  • Failing to report material misstatement
  • Not exercising due diligence or being negligent in Professional duties

Failing to obtain sufficient information before reporting or certifying.

  • Failing to bring out material departure from acceptable procedure relating to Secretarial practice.
  • Not keeping advances received from client for expenses in separate bank account.
part ii general misconduct
PART II- General Misconduct
  • Contravening provisions of CS Act, 1980 or regulations or guidelines issued by the Council.
  • Disclosing confidential information of a employee to others
  • Including false information to Institute, Council, Committee of Council, DD, BOD, DC, QRB or Appellate authority.
  • Embezzling money received in Professional capacity
part iii others
PART III- Others

If held guilty by the court for an offence punishable with an imprisonment for a term exceeding six months.

The Company Secretaries (Procedure of Investigations of Professional and Other Misconduct and Conduct of Cases) Rules, 2007
summary of rules
  • Complaint is to filed in Form I in triplicate before DD
  • If complainant is a company, Board Resolution is necessary
  • Prescribed fee (non-refundable) of Rs. 2500/- to be paid
  • Fee to be paid by Demand Draft in favour of ICSI

Unique reference number given by DD if complaint found to be in order

  • A fresh complaint may be clubbed with the previous complaint on the same matter against the same member
  • Complainant has right to rectify the defects in complaint & resubmit the same. Such rectification to be done within given time

Action can be taken suo -moto on receipt of any information about misconduct or on a complaint.

  • Any anonymous information received by DD is not to be entertained.
  • Within 60 days of receipt of complaint a copy of complaint has to be forwarded to PCS or Member

Written statement to be filed within 21 days by the defendant

  • Rejoinder to be filed within 21 days by the Complainant.
  • Every communication from DD/ BOD/DC has to be done by RPAD

In case addressee refuses to receive it is deemed to have been served on addressee

  • Under rule 12 DD may refuse to entertain the complaint/information if filed/received after seven years of commission of the alleged misconduct.
  • Principle of natural justice required to be followed