Part IX.—Registration Office and Fees

329.—(1) For the purpose of the registration of companies and the carrying out of the provisions of this Ordinance, the Governor shall appoint a Registrar of Companies, and may appoint such number of Assistant Registrars of Companies as the Governor shall think fit

(2) Whenever any act is by this Ordinance directed to be done by or to the Registrar, it shall be sufficient for it to be done by or to an Assistant Registrar of Companies.

330.—(1) In respect of the several matters mentioned in the first column of the table set out in the Seventh Schedule to this Ordinance, there shall be paid to the Registrar the several fees specified in the second column of that table.

(2) Where by this Ordinance and document is required to be delivered or sent to the Registrar, it shall be sufficient for it to be sent to him by pre-paid letter post or by a messenger or delivery service, and it shall not be necessary for the person by or on behalf of whom the document is delivered or sent or his agent to attend at the office of the Registrar in person.

331.—(1) Any person may inspect any of the records, documents and copies of documents kept by the Registrar on payment of the prescribed fee, and any person may re-auire a copy or extract of any such record or document or any part thereof to be certified by the Registrar as being a true copy on presentation of the copy to the Registrar and payment of the prescribed fee.

(2)  No process for compelling the production of any document kept by the Registrar shall issue from any court except with the leave of that court, and any such process if issued shall bear thereon a statement that it is issued with the leave of the court.

(3)  A copy of or extract from any document kept and registered at the office for the registration of companies, certified to be a true copy under the hand of the Registrar shall in all legal proceedings be admissible in evidence as of equal validity with the original document.

(4)  No document delivered or sent to the Registrar under this Ordinance and no record or document kept by the Registrar thereunder shall be removed from the office of the Registrar unless the court so orders.

332.—(1) If a company having made default in complying with any provision of this Ordinance which requires it to file with, deliver or send to the Registrar any return, account or other document, or to give notice to him of any matter, fails to make good the default within fourteen days after the service of a notice on the company requiring it to do so, the court may, on an application made by any member, shareholder, creditor or debenture holder of the company or by the Registrar, make an order directing the company and any officer thereof to make good the default within such time as may be specified in the order.

(2)    Any such order may provide that all costs of and incidental to the application shall be borne by the company or by any officers of the company responsible for the default.

(3)  Nothing in this section shall be taken to prejudice the operation of any enactment imposing penalties on a company or its officers in respect of any such default as aforesaid.

(4)  This section shall apply to an overseas company as though it were a company incorporated under this Ordinance.