What Is Importance Of Indemnity Bond


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Bond required to be executed by the members of the Managing Committee of the Co-operative Housing Societies within 45 days from the date of their assuming the office whichever is earlier, under the Maharashtra Co-operative Societies Act 1960.
The provision is important because if the bond is not executed within 45 days from the date of their assuming the office whichever is earlier or if the member fails to execute the bond he shall be deemed to have vacated his office as a member of the Managing Committee.
Now what happens to many housing societies, where Managing Committees are unaware, ignorant or have simply ignored or not bothered about the bond? In such cases, according to Registrar’s office “we offer to disband the committee and call for fresh elections”
The member who fails to execute such a bond within the specified period shall be deemed to have vacated his office as a member of the committee. Bombay High Court too has upheld this provision of MCS Act.
Attention is also invited to the Bye-law no 136 of the old Model bye-laws and bye-law no 138 of the new Model bye-laws which lay down as under:
“The members of the Committee shall be jointly and severally liable for making good any loss which the society may suffer on account of their negligence or omission to perform any of the duties and functions cast on them under the Act, Rules and Bye-laws of the Society.”
In addition to the above bye-laws, an amendment was inserted by Mah. 41 of 2000, S. 3 of the amending Act (w.e.f. 23-8-2000) to Section 73 by introducing Section (1AB)to the Maharashtra Co-operative Societies Act 1960. Similarly Rule 58-Awas inserted by G.N. of 18-2-2002 in the Maharashtra Co-operative Societies Rules, 1961 and Form M-20 was also inserted by G.N. of 18-2-2002.
Section 73(1AB) of the Maharashtra Co-operative Societies Act 1960 is reproduced below:
“The Members of the Committee shall be jointly and severally responsible for all the decisions taken by the committee during its term relating to the business of the society. The members of the committee shall be jointly and severally responsible for all the acts and omissions detrimental to the interest of the society. Every such member shall execute a bond to that effect within fifteen days of his assuming the office, in the form as specified by the State Government by general or special order.
The member, who fails to execute such bond within the specified period i.e. within fifteen days from joining the Managing Committee member, shall be deemed to have vacated his office as a member of the committee.”
Further, the power to decide whether the losses incurred by the society are due to act or omissions of members of the committee is given to the Registrar
“Provided that, before fixing any responsibility mentioned above, the Registrar shall inspect the records of the society and decide as to whether the losses incurred by the society are on account of acts or omissions on the part of the members of the committee or on account of any natural calamities, accident or any circumstances beyond the control of such members.”
Rule 58-A of the Maharashtra Co-operative Societies Rules 1961 is reproduced below:
“Every elected member of the Managing Committee shall execute a bond in Form M-20 within fifteen days of his assuming the office. Such bond shall be executed on the stamp paper as provided under the Bombay Stamp Act 1958. The expenditure on stamp paper shall be borne by the society. The Chief Executive Officer / secretary of the society shall receive such bonds and keep them on record of the society and accordingly inform the Registrar within Fifteen days from the formation of the Committee.”
It is clear from above that the bond must be executed within fifteen days of assuming of office by each member of the Managing Committee in Form M-20on a stamp paper. Failure will invite penal consequences.

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