Company Secretaries Act, 1980
25. Penalty for Using Name of the Council, or Awarding Degree of Company Secretary
(1) Save as otherwise provided in this Act, no person shall –
(a) use a name or a common seal which is identical with the name or the common seal of the Institute or so nearly resembles it as to deceive or as is likely to deceive the public;
(b) award any degree, diploma or certificate or bestow any designation which indicates or purports to indicate the position or attainment of any qualification or competence in Company Secretary ship similar to that of a member of the Institute; or
(c) seek to regulate in any manner whatsoever the profession of Company Secretaries.
(2) Any person contravening the provisions of sub-section (1) shall, without prejudice to any other proceedings which may be taken against him, be punishable on first conviction with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, and on any subsequent conviction with imprisonment which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to five thousand rupees, or with both.
(3) Nothing contained in this section shall apply to any University or other institution established by law or to any body affiliated to the Institute.