Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA)-
Compounding of Contraventions under FEMA, 1999

Attention of all the Authorised Dealer Category - I (AD Category - I) banks and their constituents is invited to A.P. (DIR Series) Circular no. 56 dated June 28, 2010 and the subsequent Press Release dated August 13, 2010, clarifying the position on ‘technical’ contravention and subsequent compounding thereof.

2. In this connection, it is clarified that whenever a contravention is identified by the Reserve Bank or brought to its notice by the entity involved in contravention by way of a reference other than through the prescribed application for compounding, the Bank will continue to decide (i) whether a contravention is technical and/or minor in nature and, as such, can be dealt with by way of an administrative/ cautionary advice; (ii) whether it is material and, hence, is required to be compounded for which the necessary compounding procedure has to be followed or (iii) whether the issues involved are sensitive / serious in nature and, therefore, need to be referred to the Directorate of Enforcement (DOE). However, once a compounding application is filed by the concerned entity suo moto, admitting the contravention, the same will not be considered as ‘technical’ or ‘minor’ in nature and the compounding process shall be initiated in terms of section 15 (1) of Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 read with Rule 9 of Foreign Exchange (Compounding Proceedings) Rules, 2000.

 Ref:RBI/2012-13/153-A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No.11 dated 31st July 2012

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