Credit Information Companies (Regulation) Act, 2005
Chapter III: Management of Credit Information Companies
9. Management of credit information company.-
1. Notwithstanding anything contained in any law for the time being in force, or in any contract to the contrary, every credit information company in existence on the commencement of this Act, or which comes into existence thereafter, shall have one of its directors, who may be appointed on whole-time or on a part-time basis as chairperson of its board, and where he is appointed on whole-time basis as chairperson of its board, he shall be entrusted with the management of the whole of the affairs of the credit information company: Provided that the chairperson of the board of the credit information company shall exercise his powers subject to the superintendence, control and directions of the board.
2. Where a chairperson is appointed on a part-time basis, the management of whole of the affairs of the credit information company shall be entrusted to a managing director or, a whole-time director by whatever name called, who shall exercise his powers subject to the superintendence, control and directions of the board.
3. In addition to the chairperson or managing director or whole-time director, by whatever name called, the board of directors shall consist of not less than fifty per cent. directors who shall be persons having special knowledge in, or practical experience of, the matters relating to public administration, law, banking, finance, accountancy, management or information technology.
4. In discharging its functions, the board shall act on business principles and shall have due regard to the interest of its specified users, credit institutions or the clients or borrowers of credit institutions.
5. Where the Reserve Bank is satisfied that it is in the public interest or in the interest of banking policy or credit system of the country, or for preventing the affairs of any credit information company being managed in a manner detrimental to the interest of banking policy or credit institutions or borrowers or clients or for securing the proper management of any credit information company, it is necessary so to do, the Reserve Bank may, for reasons to be recorded in writing, by order published in the Official Gazette, supersede the board of such company, for such period not exceeding six months, as may be specified in the order and which may be extended from time to time, so, however, that the total period shall not exceed twelve months: Provided that before making any such order, the Reserve Bank shall give a reasonable opportunity to the board of such credit information company to make representation against the proposed supersession and shall consider the representation, if any, of the board.
6. The Reserve Bank may, on supersession of the board of a credit information company under sub-section (5), appoint an Administrator for such period and on such salary and other terms and conditions as it may determine.
7. The Reserve Bank may issue such directions to the Administrator as it may deem appropriate and the Administrator shall be bound to follow such directions.
8. Upon making of the order under sub-section (5), superseding the board of a credit information company-
a. the chairperson, managing director and other directors of such credit information company shall, as from the date of supersession, vacate their offices as such;
b. all the powers, functions and duties which may, by or under the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956) or this Act or any other law for the time being in force, be exercised or discharged, by or on behalf of the board of such credit information company, or by a resolution passed in general meeting of that company, shall, until the reconstitution of its board under sub-section (10), be exercised and discharged by the Administrator appointed by the Reserve Bank under sub-section (6):
Provided that the powers exercised by the Administrator shall be valid notwithstanding that such powers are exercisable by a resolution passed in the general meeting of such credit information company.
9. The salary and allowances payable to the Administrator and staff assisting the Administrator shall be borne by the credit information company.
10. On and before the expiration of two months before expiry of the period of supersession mentioned in the order of the Reserve Bank issued under sub-section (5), the Administrator of the credit information company, shall call a general meeting of the credit information company to elect new directors and reconstitute its board and any person who had vacated his office under clause (a) of sub-section (8), shall not be deemed to be disqualified for re-appointment.
11. Notwithstanding anything contained in any law for the time being in force or in any contract or the memorandum or articles of association, of the credit information company, on the removal of a person from office under this section, that person shall not be entitled to claim any compensation for the loss or termination of office.