Significance of Independence of an auditor
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SA200 overall objectives of the independent auditor, require that the auditor has to comply with relevant ethical requirements, relating to financial statement audit engagements including those pertaining to independence.
The auditor should be independent not only in his mind but also in his appearance. The relationship between the auditor and his client should be such that, he should himself satisfied about his independence and, no unbiased person would be forced to the conclusion that, on an objective assessment of the circumstances, there is likely to be an abridgement of his independence.
Section 141(3)(e) of the Companies Act 2013, disqualifies a firm to appoint as statutory auditor of an entity that has a business relationship with the company, or its subsidiary, its holding company or associate company, or with a subsidiary of such holding company or associate company.
Rule 10(4) of the Companies (Audit and Auditors) Rules, 2014, defines the business relationship, for this purpose, it includes any commercial transaction except only those professional services that can be rendered by an auditor in terms of Section 144.
Also, section 141(3)(i) disqualifies an auditor who renders any service prohibited by Section 144. Section 141(4) further says that where an existing auditor incurs any of the disqualifications listed in Section 141(3) after his appointment, he shall immediately vacate his office as such auditor, the vacation being treated as a casual vacancy.
However, while referring to the “Audit Quality Review Report” (AQRR) issued by “National Financial Reporting Authority” (NFRA), various instances were reported wherein the Audit Firm failed to comply with the provisions regarding auditor’s independence by violating section 144 of the Companies Act, non-complying with the fundamental principles of the ICAI Code of Ethics, failure to comply with Para 14 of SA 200 and SQC 1 etc.
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