Position of Promoter in India

With the ultimate goal of development of an organization, there must be a procedure and that includes a few phases. The principal stage in the process is the advancement. At this stage carrying on a business is brought about by an individual called a promoter. For the consolidation of organization different conventions are required to be completed. The promoters play out these capacities and bring the organization into reality. A promoter conceptualizes the possibility of an organization and the reason for its provision. This article talks about the meaning of ‘promoter’. Further, it highlights upon the before and after scenario of the year, 1963 till Specific Relief Act came into play. The article also throws light upon the Indian and International law with respect to the Promoter’s Risk for the pre-joining contract. The article is concluded with the current scenario of the promoters and how they are acting as moulding format of the company.


A Promoter assumes a significant job in the organization. A Promoter might be an individual, an affiliation or an organization. In their ability as promoters, they play out the accompanying capacities so as to consolidate an organization and to set it going. To start the plan for development of the organization:

  • Promoters are commonly the primary people who imagine the possibility of business.
  • They do the essential examination to see if the development of an organization is conceivable and beneficial.
  • From there on they sort out the assets to change over the thought into a reality by shaping a company
  • who settles the name of the organization in this way determine the name will be adequate by the enrolled of the workplace;
  • who settles the substance or subtleties with regards to the Articles of the organizations;
  • Who names the chiefs, investors, examiners and so on;
  • who chooses where enlisted office (head office) must be arranged;
  • Who set up the Memorandum of Association, Prospectus and other vital reports and record them for joining.

Position of the promoter is trustee concerning the organization which being the advances his position is semi legitimate. A promoter is neither a trustee nor an operator of the organization which he advances in light of the fact that there is no trust or head in presence at the hour of his endeavors. Be that as it may, certain guardian obligations, similar to a specialist, have been forced on him under the Companies Act. As such he is supposed to be in and guardian position (a position loaded with trust and certainty) towards the organization and the first allotment of offers. Thus, a promoter must make complete honesty of the pertinent realities, including any benefit made.

The genuine lawful situation in regard of pre-consolidation agreements might be examined under the accompanying two heads:- [i]

  • Position before 1963 (i.e., before going of Specific Relief Act, 1963), and
  • Position since 1963.

Position before 1963:

A pre-joining contract never ties an organization since an individual (lawful or juristic can’t contract before his or its reality and an organization before consolidation has no legitimate presence. Another explanation is that promoters are famously abundant in their guarantees and if the partnership were to be limited by them, it is dependent upon numerous obscure, uncalled for and overwhelming obligations).

Indeed, even where there is a solicitation suspected to authorize such an agreement, the organization can’t be found since sanction is absurd as the apparent chief didn’t exist at the time the agreement was made. In re English and frontier Produce Company case, a specialist was locked in to set up the essential reports and get the enlistment of an organization. He paid the enrollment charge and acquired the specific costs accidental to enlistment. It was held for this situation that the organization was not at risk or bound to pay for his administrations and costs.

The organization is additionally not qualified for sue on a pre-consolidation contract. As it was held on account of Natal land and Colonization Company v. Pauline Colliery Syndicate that the organization was not qualified for its case as it was not in presence when the agreement was made and an organization can’t get the advantage of a pre-consolidation contract in the suit of explicit execution. Along these lines, certainty of this case was that the ‘N’ organization contracted with ‘A’, the chosen one of the organization which was not fused, to allow a rent of certain coal digging rights for a long time. After the organization was enlisted, it guaranteed the contracted rent which the organization ‘N’ cannot.

Position since 1963 (i.e., in the wake of going of the particular alleviation Act, 1963):

Until the death of the Specific Relief Act, 1963, in India the promoters thought that it was exceptionally hard to complete crafted by consolidation. Since contracts preceding joining were void and furthermore couldn’t be approved, individuals faltered to either flexibly any products or administrations for the reason for fuse. Promoter likewise felt short of tolerating moral duty. The Specific Relief Act, 1963 came as alleviation to the promoters.

The particular alleviation Act gives under the accompanying sections:

Section 15(h) and 19(e) of the Specific Relief Act gives as follows:

  • The agreement ought to have been gone into by the promoter with the end goal of the organization.
  • The terms of consolidation should warrant should warrant such agreement.
  • The organization ought to acknowledge the agreement after fuse.

Such acknowledgment ought to be conveyed to the next party to the contract.

In this way, primer agreement implemented by the promoter at the before joining of the organization will be treated as agreement between two people who are in presence. In this manner, the organization do have no inborn right concerning approval of those agreement except if organization securing the force with regards to the sanction by its reminder as the topic of agreement isn’t in opposition to the object of the organization. Thus, the outsider can’t sue the organization, if any break of agreement has been occurred where such agreement entered before the joining to serve the organization.

After consolidation of the organization:

After organization appeared, an organization can approve or embrace the agreement, and this would bind the organization and not the Promoter. Under the Specific Relief Act 1963, section 15(h) and 19(e) Promoter can move his privilege and obligation to the organization, in the event that it is justified by the terms of incorporation. If we look on the purpose of compensation for Promoter concerns, at that point obviously commonly the Promoter isn’t entitled for any sort of compensation, pay and in any way. In any case, when the organization is consolidated and individuals from the organization are improved then he might be remunerated as far as singular amount sum. Nothing is qualified for acquired as a legitimate right he just be repay on the ground of value. On the off chance that the apportioning of offer is occurred for Promoter, at that point consequently Promoter turns into an individual from the organization.

Examination among Indian and other nation’s laws with respect to promoter’s risk for pre-joining contract

Albeit under the English Common Law, the American law and the Indian Law perceive the standard that Promoter is actually at risk for pre-consolidation contract, American Laws and Indian laws are considerably more imaginative and powerful to take care of the issue of Pre-joining Contract. Under English Common Law, the sanction or selection, after the consolidation, didn’t deliver the Promoter from obligation of pre-joining contract. While in American Court perceive that if the after the fuse organization can confirm or receive the agreement, and this would bound the organization and not the Promoter. Indian Law the standard of Kelner v. Baxter is pertinent however under the Specific Relief Act 1963. Under the purview of sections 15(h) and 19(e) Promoter can move his privilege and duty to the organization, on the off chance that it is justified by the terms of fuse. The standard of notation of pre-fuse contract is pertinent in over three provinces, the explanation for is that, the notation supplants the old agreement with the new agreement, and so there isn’t issue of non-presence of organization. Presently after the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999, English laws may likewise permit organization to turn into the piece of pre-consolidation contract, when it procure its lawful existence.


All in all, it might be said that the word ‘Promoter’ is utilized to indicate any individual, coop, affiliation, organization or an organization which finds a way to make and set it going. The Promoter started the plan for the development of the organization; gets together the supporters of the reminder; gets update and arranged articles, executed and enlisted; finds the financiers, agents and legitimate counselors; found the principal chiefs, settle the details of fundamental agreements with seller and concurrence with guarantors and makes courses of action for readiness, ad and flow of the outline and game plan of the capital. Along these lines, Promoters go about as an embellishment group for the organization and gives it a shape which can exist on the planet in spite of the fact that they can’t take anything in such manner.


1. What are the liabilities of the promoters?

  • A promoter needs to specify the confirmed realities in the outline of the organization. On the off chance that he doesn’t do as such, he might be held at risk for it. The promoter will be obligated for any false articulation which has been made in the plan, and based on that false explanation any individual has bought in to the protections of the organization. The individual may sue the promoter on the off chance that he has endured any harm.
  • Aside from common risk, the promoter might be held criminally at risk additionally for referencing any false proclamations in the outline. An extreme punishment will likewise be forced on him on the off chance that he furnishes any false explanation with the perspective on getting capital.
  • A promoter can be made at risk to an open assessment if there are any reports which affirm misrepresentation in the organization or the advancement exercises.
  • The organization can likewise continue against the promoter in the event that there is an obligation on the promoter’s part or he has abused any property of the organization or is liable of break of trust.

2. What are the duties of the promoter?

In Indian Companies Act, 2013 there are no unmistakable provision however Sec.34&35 force obligation for false proclamation in plan and for fake exchanging (sec. 339 and 447). Specifically two obligations in guardian position are:

a. Obligation not to make any secret benefit

b. Obligation to unveil to the company any enthusiasm for an exchange

  • The promoters who structure the organization have certain essential obligations towards the organization.
  • Remembering this fiduciary relationship, the promoter is under the commitment to uncover all the material realities which identify with the provision of the organization.
  • The promoter is additionally under the commitment to not take any mystery benefit while completing the advancing exercises without making any revelation.
  • The promoter isn’t banned from making benefits or secrets while managing different gatherings. The main condition is that he is under the obligation to unveil such secrets and not make any profits which are secret.

3. What are the functions of the promoters?

  • The promoter investigates the practicality and attainability of the possibility that whether the development of the organization will be gainful and practicable or not.
  • After the thought has been considered, the promoter gathers and arranges the assets accessible to change over the thought into a reality.
  • The promoter chooses the name of the Company and furthermore settles the substance in regards to the Articles of Association and the Memorandum of Association of the Company.
  • The promoter is the person who chooses where the administrative center of the organization will be arranged.

4. To whom should the disclosure be made?

An appropriate inquiry emerges that such benefits or secret profits ought to be proclaimed to whom and how. In this respect it might be presented that such revelations of individual benefits might be made to following:

  • Autonomous governing body or
  • Articles of affiliation or
  • Outline or
  • To existing and planned investors.

[i]Sumit Kumar Suman, Position of Promoter in India: Critical analysis https://www.lawctopus.com/academike/position-promoter-india-critical-analysis/#:~:text=Position%20of%20the%20promoter%20is,the%20time%20of%20his%20efforts. LAST ACCESSED ON 15.06.2020

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