MCA has issued Clarification on Extension of Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the financial year ended as at 31.03.2020 beyond the statutory period provided in Section 96 of the Companies Act, 2013. MCA has examined the matter and it is stated that the Ministry had already issued regarding holding of AGM through video conferencing (VC) or other audiovisual means (OAVM) for the calendar year 2020. In addition, the companies which are unable to hold their AGMs were advised to prefer applications for extension of AGM at a suitable point of time before the concerned Registrar of Companies under section 96 of the Act. MCA has once again reiterated that the companies which are unable to hold their AGM for the financial year ended on 31.03.2020, despite availing the relaxations, have to file their applications in form No. GNL-1 for seeking an extension of time in holding of AGM for the financial year ended on 31.03.2020 with the concerned Registrar of Companies on or before 29.09.2020. Further, the Registrars of Companies are hereby advised to consider all such applications (filed in Form No. GNL-1) liberally in view of the hardships faced by the stakeholders and to grant extension for the period as applied for (up to three months) in such applications.