ICAI issued a press release on 01st May 2020 and decided that  Due to the existing constraint of communication,  members may communicate with the Retiring Auditor vide E-mail, provided an acknowledgement of such communication is received from the Retiring Auditor’s E-mail address registered with the Institute or his last known official E-mail address. Such acknowledgement of communication would be deemed as valid evidence of positive delivery of communication. Text of the Press Release is as follows:-

Communication with the Retiring Auditor through E-mail – (01-05-2020)

The members have raised concerns that during the period of ongoing lockdown, it is not possible for the Incoming Auditor to communicate with the Retiring Auditor through the mode(s) of communication permissible in terms of provisions of Code of Ethics.

The existing Code of Ethics, 2009 , provides, under commentary to Clause (8) of Part-I of First Schedule to The Chartered Accountants Act, 1949 as under:-

“Members should, therefore, communicate with a retiring auditor in such a manner as to retain in their hand’s positive evidence of the delivery of the communication to the addressee. In the opinion of the Council, communication by a letter sent “Registered Acknowledgement due” or by hand against a written acknowledgement would in the normal course provide such evidence.”

Due to the existing constraint of communication through abovementioned modes, it has been decided that the members may communicate with the Retiring Auditor vide E-mail, provided an acknowledgement of such communication is received from the Retiring Auditor’s E-mail address registered with the Institute or his last known official E-mail address. Such acknowledgement of communication would be deemed as valid evidence of positive delivery of communication.

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