A Chartered Accountant holding a valid Certificate of Practice.
A firm shall also considered to appointed by its firm name whereof majority of partners practising in India are qualified for appointment as auditor of a company.
Disqualification of Auditor
According to Provisions of Section 141(3) of the Companies Act, 2013 , following persons shall not be eligible as auditor of the company: ‐
a) A body corporate other than LLP registered under the LLP Act, 2008
b) An officer or employee of the company.
c) A person who is partner or who in the employment, of an officer or employee of the company.
d) A person who or his relative or partner
(i) is holding any security/interest in the company or its subsidiary or of its holding or associate company or subsidiary of such holding company. It has been further provided that an relative may hold security or interest in the company of face value not exceeding one lac rupees.
(ii) is indebted to the company or its subsidiary, or its holding or associate company or subsidiary of such holding company, in excess of Rs. 5 lacs rupees
(iii) has given guarantee or provide any security in connection with the indebtness of any third person to the company or its subsidiary, or its holding or associate company or a subsidiary of such holding company for value in excess of Rs. 1 lacs.
e) A person or a firm who (whether directly or indirectly) has business relationship with the company, or its subsidiary, or its holding or associate company or subsidiary of such holding company or associate company.
Here the business relationship shall be construed as any transactions enter into for a commercial purpose except: ‐
– Commercial transactions which are in the nature of professional services permitted to be rendered by an auditor
or audit firm by the professional bodies regulated such members.
– Commercial transactions which are in ordinary course of business of the company at arm’s length price as customer.
f) A person whose relative is a director or is in the employment of the company as a director or key managerial personnel.
g) A person
(i) who is in full time employment elsewhere or
(ii) a person or a partner holding appointment as its auditor is at the date of such appointment or reappointment holding appointment as auditor for more than 20 companies.
h) A person who has been convicted by a court of an offence involving fraud and a period often years has not elapsed from the date of such conviction.
i) Any person whose subsidiary or associate company or any other form of entity is engaged as on the date of appointment in consulting or specialised services in reference to provision of Section 144 of the Companies Act, 2013.
Further According to Provisions of Section 141(4) of the Companies Act, 2013, where a person appointed as auditor of the company incurs any of the disqualification mentioned in Section 141(3) of the Companies Act, 2013 after his appointment, he shall vacate his office as such auditor and such vacancy shall be deemed to be casual vacancy in the officer of the auditor.
It must be noted that the aforesaid provisions are applicable to all types of auditors i.e. cost auditors, statutory auditors and secretarial auditors.