55. Disposal of books and papers of LLP

(1) When the affairs of a LLP have been completely wound up and it is about to be dissolved, its books and papers and those of the LLP Liquidator may be disposed of as follows :-

(a) in the case of winding up by the Tribunal, in such manner as the Tribunal directs; and

(b) in the case of voluntary winding up, in such manner as the LLP approves it by three-fourths of the total number of partners with the prior approval of the secured creditors.

(2) After the expiry of five years from the dissolution of the LLP, no responsibility shall devolve on the LLP, the LLP Liquidator, or the liquidator any person to whom the custody of the books and papers has been entrusted, by reason of any book or paper not being forthcoming to any person claiming to be interested therein.

(3) The Central Government may, by notification direct, for such period (not exceeding five years from the dissolution of the LLP) as the Central Government thinks proper the prevention of the destruction of the books and papers of a LLP which has been wound up and of its LLP Liquidator or liquidator;

(4) If any person acts in contravention of this rule or of any direction of the Central Government made there under, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine which may extend to fifty thousand rupees, or with both;