[Notification Date: 26.03.2014; Effective from: 01.04.2014, except reference of word 'Tribunal' in sub-section (2) which got notified w.e.f. 01.06.2016 vide Notification No. S. O. 1934 (E) dated 01.06.2016]
Section 399- Inspection, production and evidence of documents kept by Registrar. [Corresponds to Section 610 of the Companies Act, 1956]; [Relevant Rule: 14,15 of The Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014]
(1) Save as otherwise provided elsewhere in this Act, any person may—
(a) inspect by electronic means any documents kept by the Registrar in accordance with the rules made, being documents filed or registered by him in pursuance of this Act, or making a record of any fact required or authorised to be recorded or registered in pursuance of this Act, on payment for each inspection of such fees as may be prescribed - [Rule14 & Rule 15(a)];
(b) require a certificate of the incorporation of any company, or a copy or extract of any other document or any part of any other document to be certified by the Registrar, on payment in advance of such fees as may be prescribed - [Rule 15(b)]:
Provided that the rights conferred by this sub-section shall be exercisable—
(i) in relation to documents delivered to the Registrar with a prospectus in pursuance of section 26 , only during the fourteen days beginning with the date of publication of the prospectus; and at other times, only with the permission of the Central Government; and [Powers under clause (i) of the proviso delegated to Regional Directors vide Notification S.O. 4090(E) dated 19.12.2016]
(ii) in relation to documents so delivered in pursuance of clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 388, only during the fourteen days beginning with the date of the prospectus; and at other times, only with the permission of the Central Government.
(2) No process for compelling the production of any document kept by the Registrar shall issue from any Court or the Tribunal except with the leave of that Court or the Tribunal and any such process, if issued, shall bear thereon a statement that it is issued with the leave of the Court or the Tribunal.[The word 'Tribunal' notified w.e.f. 01.06.2016 vide Notification No. S. O. 1934 (E) dated 01.06.2016]
(3) A copy of, or extract from, any document kept and registered at any of the offices for the registration of companies under this Act, certified to be a true copy by the Registrar (whose official position it shall not be necessary to prove), shall, in all legal proceedings, be admissible in evidence as of equal validity with the original document.