Companies Act, 1990
Auditors' report and right of access to books and of attendance and audience at general meetings.
193.—(1) The auditors of a company shall make a report to the members on the accounts examined by them, and on every balance sheet and profit and loss account, and all group accounts, laid before the company in general meeting during their tenure of office.
(2) The auditors' report shall be read at the annual general meeting of the company and shall be open to inspection by any member.
(3) Every auditor of a company shall have a right of access at all reasonable times to the books, accounts and vouchers of the company and shall be entitled to require from the officers (within the meaning of section 197 (5)) of the company such information and explanations that are within their knowledge or can be procured by them as he thinks necessary for the performance of the duties of the auditors.
(4) The auditors' report shall state—
(a) whether they have obtained all the information and explanations which, to the best of their knowledge and belief, are necessary for the purposes of their audit,
(b) whether, in their opinion, proper books of account have been kept by the company,
(c) whether, in their opinion, proper returns adequate for their audit have been received from branches of the company not visited by them,
(d) whether the company's balance sheet and (unless it is framed as a consolidated profit and loss account) profit and loss account are in agreement with the books of account and returns,
(e) except in the case of a company that has taken advantage of any of the provisions of Part III of the Sixth Schedule to the Principal Act, whether, in their opinion, the company's balance sheet and profit and loss account and (if it is a holding company submitting group accounts) the group accounts have been properly prepared in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Acts and give a true and fair view—
(i) in the case of the balance sheet, of the state of the company's affairs as at the end of its financial year,
(ii) in the case of the profit and loss account (if it is not framed as a consolidated profit and loss account), of the company's profit and loss for its financial year,
(iii) in the case of group accounts submitted by a holding company, of the state of affairs and profit or loss of the company and its subsidiaries dealt with thereby, so far as concerns members of the company,
(f) in the case of a company that has taken advantage of any of the provisions of Part III of the Sixth Schedule to the Principal Act, whether, in their opinion, its balance sheet and profit and loss account and (if it is a holding company submitting group accounts) the group accounts have been properly prepared in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Acts and give a true and fair view of the matters referred to in subparagraphs (i) and (ii) and, where appropriate, subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (e) subject to the non-disclosure of any matters (to be indicated in the report) which by virtue of the said Part III are not required to be disclosed, and
(g) whether, in their opinion, there existed at the balance sheet date a financial situation which under section 40 (1) of the Companies (Amendment) Act, 1983 , would require the convening of an extraordinary general meeting of the company.
(5) The auditors of a company shall be entitled to attend any general meeting of the company and to receive all notices of, and other communications relating to, any general meeting which any member of the company is entitled to receive and to be heard at any general meeting which they attend on any part of the business of the meeting which concerns them as auditors.
(6) A person who is appointed as auditor of a company or as a public auditor shall be under a general duty to carry out such audit with professional integrity.
(7) Any reference in the Principal Act to section 163 of or the Seventh Schedule to that Act shall be construed as references to this section.