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Corporate Criminal Liability

13 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2009  

Abhimanyu Kumar

Chanakya National Law University

Date Written: August 10, 2009


This paper attempts to explore the basis and extent of corporate criminal liability in India and tries to answer the questions regarding mens rea and when the corporation will be held liable and the basis upon which such liability attaches to a corporation. In India, Criminal Liability is attached only those acts in which there is violation of Criminal Law i.e. to say there cannot be liability without a criminal law which prohibits certain acts or omissions. In view of imposing role of corporations in economic, political and social spheres, the jurisdictions around the world are thinking in harmonious fashion in imposing criminal liability on corporations. As various jurisdictions have given this a statutory status. In India too the Government will consider the same in the light of Reports of Law Commission and the Supreme Court decision in Standard Chartered case and other related cases.

Keywords: corporation, criminal liability, Necessity, corporation role, liability and punishments

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Kumar, Abhimanyu, Corporate Criminal Liability (August 10, 2009). Available at SSRN: or

Abhimanyu Kumar (Contact Author)

Chanakya National Law University ( email )

Chanakya National Law University Patna
Bihar, India
Patna, Bihar 800001

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