Penalties for contravention
Whoever fails to comply with or contravenes any of the provisions, rules, orders or directions of this Act shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years or with fine which may extend to one lakh rupees, or with both. In case the failure or contravention continues, with additional fine which may extend to five thousand rupees for every day during which such failure or contravention continues.
If the failure or contravention continues beyond a period of one year after the date of conviction, the offender shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which, may extend to seven years.
Offences by companies
Where any offence is committed by a company, every person who, at the time the offence was committed, was directly in charge of, and was responsible to, the company for the conduct of the business of the company shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence.
If he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge or that he
exercised due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence he shall not
be liable to any punishment.
Where the offence has been committed with the consent or connivance of or is attributable to any neglect on part of , any director, manager, secretary or other officer of the company, such person shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence.