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Monday, August 23, 2010

FEMA Contravention clarification, whether technical/minor is what RBI has to decide and not on own motion or on basis of external advice BUT in nature of interest, apply compounding @ earliest opportunity & how to enter into composition

RBI clarifies on compounding of contraventions under Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), 1999

The Reserve Bank of India has clarified that whether contraventions under Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) are to be treated as technical and/ or minor or serious would be decided by the Reserve Bank on the merits of the case. The case would accordingly be disposed of keeping in view the procedure notified in this regard. It has urged that persons who have contravened provisions of FEMA should not take upon themselves, suo moto or on the basis of external advice, to decide whether a particular contravention is of a technical or minor in nature and, hence, no compounding application need be submitted to the Reserve Bank.


The Reserve Bank has further clarified that if such applications for compounding are not made, the person concerned shall expose himself/herself to such action under the provisions of FEMA as the authorities may deem appropriate. The persons concerned should, therefore, in their own interest, submit their applications for compounding of contravention under FEMA to the Reserve Bank at the earliest opportunity.


It may be recalled that in terms of A.P.(DIR Series) Circular No. 56 dated June 28, 2010, the Reserve Bank had notified the process of compounding which has been further rationalised and streamlined to enhance transparency and effect smooth implementation of the compounding process and understand the same from

Violated Foreign Exchange laws: on becoming aware of the contravention, disclose it to RBI to save huge penalty of 2 lakhs or 3 times the amount involved in transaction [Compounding Master Circular]

Source: RBI Press Release No. 2010-2011/234 dated 13th August 2010


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