 According to Section 143(12) of the Companies Act 2013, if an auditor of a company, in the course of the performance of his duties as auditor, has reason to believe that an offence involving fraud is being or has been committed against the company by officers or employees of the company, he shall immediately report the matter to the Central Government within such time and in such manner as may be prescribed.


 Sub-Section 13 specifies that no duty to which an auditor of a company may be subject to shall be regarded as having been contravened by reason of his reporting the matter referred to in sub-section (12) if it is done
in good faith.

 Sub-Section 14 makes it clear that the provisions of this section shall mutatis mutandis apply to the cost accountant in practice conducting cost audit under section 148.


 According to Sub-Section 15 if any auditor, cost accountant or company secretary in practice do not comply with the provisions of sub-section (12), he shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than one lakh
rupees but which may extend to twenty-five lakh rupees.


 Matter to be reported immediately but not later than 2 days of his knowledge specifying:


(a) Nature of Fraud with description;
(b) Approximate amount involved; and (c) Parties involved.


 Following disclosures to be made in the Board’s Report:
(a) Nature of Fraud with description;
(b) Approximate Amount involved;
(c) Parties involved if remedial action not taken; and
(d) Remedial actions are taken.