Central Government Act
Section 17(1) in The Prevention Of Food Adulteration Act, 1954
(1) Offences by companies. Where an offence under this Act has been committed by a company-
(i) the person, if any, who has been nominated under sub- section (2) to be in charge of, and responsible to, the company for the conduct of the business of the company (hereafter in this section referred to as the person respon- sible); or
where no person has been so nominated, every person who at the time the offence was committed was in charge of, and was responsible to, the company for the conduct of the busi- ness of the company; and
the company, shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly: Provided that nothing contained in this sub- section shall render any such person liable to any punishment provided in this Act if he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge and that he exercised all due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence.