[Section 447 is brought to force with effect from September 12, 2013.]
Punishment for fraud
Section 447. Without prejudice to any liability including repayment of any debt under this Act or any other law for the time being in force, any person who is found to be guilty of fraud, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend to ten years and shall also be liable to fine which shall not be less than the amount involved in the fraud, but which may extend to three times the amount involved in the fraud:
Provided that where the fraud in question involves public interest, the term of imprisonment shall not be less than three years.
Explanation.â€”For the purposes of this sectionâ€”
(i) â€œfraudâ€ in relation to affairs of a company or any body corporate, includes any act, omission, concealment of any fact or abuse of position committed by any person or any other person with the connivance in any manner, with intent to deceive, to gain undue advantage from, or to injure the interests of, the company or its shareholders or its creditors or any other person, whether or not there is any wrongful gain or wrongful loss;
(ii) â€œwrongful gainâ€ means the gain by unlawful means of property to which the person gaining is not legally entitled;
(iii) â€œwrongful lossâ€ means the loss by unlawful means of property to which the person losing is legally entitled.