Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation Auditors Report


to the Members of the Bombay Burmah trading Corporation, Limited report on the Audit of the standalone Financial statements opinion

1. We have audited the accompanying standalone financial statements of the Bombay Burmah trading Corporation, Limited (‘the Company), which comprise the Standalone Balance Sheet as at 31 March 2023, the Standalone Statement of Profit and Loss (including Other Comprehensive Income), the Standalone Statement of Cash Flows and the Standalone Statement of Changes in Equity for the year then ended, and notes to the standalone financial statements, including a summary of the significant accounting policies and other explanatory information, in which are included the returns for the year ended on that date audited by the branch auditor of the Companys branch located at Usambara in Tanzania.

2. In our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us, and based on the consideration of the reports of the branch auditor as referred to in paragraph 16 below, the aforesaid standalone financial statements give the information required by the Companies Act, 2013 (‘the Act) in the manner so required and give a true and fair view in conformity with the Indian Accounting Standards (‘Ind AS) specified under section 133 of the Act read with the Companies (Indian Accounting Standards) Rules, 2015 and other accounting principles generally accepted in India, of the state of affairs of the Company as at 31 March 2023, and its profit (including other comprehensive income), its cash flows and the changes in equity for the year ended on that date.

Basis for opinion

3. We conducted our audit in accordance with the Standards on Auditing specified under section 143(10) of the Act. Our responsibilities under those standards are further described in the Auditors Responsibilities for the Audit of the Standalone Financial Statements section of our report. We are independent of the Company in accordance with the Code of Ethics issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (‘ICAI) together with the ethical requirements that are relevant to our audit of the standalone financial statements under the provisions of the Act and the rules thereunder, and we have fulfilled our other ethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirements and the Code of Ethics. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained together with the audit evidence obtained by the branch auditor, in terms of their reports referred to in paragraph 16 of the Other Matter section below is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion.

Emphasis of Matter

4. We draw attention to Note no. 55 of the accompanying standalone financial statement which describes the determination of Total exposure of the Company and provision thereon with respect to a material associate entity, Go Airlines (India) Limited, who voluntarily filed insolvency proceedings with National Company Law Tribunal. Our opinion is not modified in respect of this matter.

Key Audit Matters

5. Key audit matters are those matters that, in our professional judgment, and based on the consideration of the report of the branch auditor as referred to paragraph 16 below, were of most significance in our audit of the standalone financial statements of the current period. These matters were addressed in the context of our audit of the standalone financial statements as a whole, and in forming our opinion thereon, and we do not provide a separate opinion on these matters.

6. We have determined the matters described below to be the key audit matters to be communicated in our report.

Key audit matter

How our audit addressed the key audit matter

Revenue recognition

Our audit procedures included, but were not limited, to the following:

Refer note 1(E)(ii)(m) and note 25 of the standalone financial statements. • Assessed the appropriateness of revenue recognition accounting policies of the Company including those related to rebates and trade discounts, by evaluating the compliance with the applicable Ind AS.
The Company is primarily involved in manufacturing and sale of automotive electric components, tea, coffee, dental products and real estate property. • Evaluated the design and tested the operating effectiveness of the relevant internal financial controls with respect to recognition and measurement of revenue including general and specific information technology controls.
Owing to the multiplicity of the Companys products of different nature and varied terms of contracts with customers, in line with the requirements of the Standards on Auditing, revenue is determined to be an area involving significant risk and hence, requiring significant auditor attention. • Performed substantive testing on samples selected from revenue transactions recorded during the year by testing the underlying documents including contracts, invoices, goods dispatch notes, shipping documents and customer receipts, wherever applicable.
The Company and its external stakeholders focus on revenue as a key performance metric, and this could create an incentive for revenue to be overstated or recognised before the control has been transferred. • Performed cut off procedures, on sample basis for the period before and after the year end by testing the underlying documents and ensured that the revenue is recognised in the correct period.
Considering the amount involved, large number of transactions and diverse nature of the revenue streams, revenue recognition is considered as a key audit matter for the current year audit. • Tested, on a sample basis, the appropriateness of journal entries impacting revenue, as well as other adjustments made in the preparation of the standalone financial statements with respect to revenue recognition of Company including specific journals posted manually directly to revenue.
• Performed analytical review procedures on revenue recognised during the year to identify any unusual and/or material variances.
• Performed confirmation procedures on selected balances outstanding as at the year end.
• Evaluated the appropriateness of disclosures made in the standalone financial statements with respect to revenue recognised during the year as required by applicable Ind AS.

Litigations and contingent liabilities - singampatti tea estate

Our audit procedures included, but were not limited, to the following:

Refer note 41 of the standalone financial statements. • Obtained an understanding of the managements process for identification of legal matters, outcome of the litigations, assessment of accounting treatment for each of such litigated matter identified under Ind AS 37 and for measurement of amounts involved.
The Company has been carrying on its plantation activities at Singampatti tea estate, Tamil Nadu under a lease arrangement since 1929. During an earlier year, the Commissioner of Land Administration in Tamil Nadu passed an order cancelling the lease alleging violation of conditions with regard to clearing of certain areas. • We evaluated the design and tested the operating effectiveness of relevant internal financial controls with respect to the litigations.
During the earlier years, the authorities raised demands for lease rentals of the leased land retrospectively from 1958 to 2019 amounting to Rs. 23,192.58 lakhs. • We obtained an understanding of the aforesaid litigation matter and discussed the key developments during the year with the management.
The Company had challenged the above orders by filing a writ petition before the Honble Madras High Court which was admitted and an interim relief restraining the Government from taking any action was granted by the Court. Obtained and reviewed the necessary evidence which includes correspondence with external legal counsel, and statutory authorities, inspected minutes of case proceedings available, to support the decision and rationale of the litigation matter and writ petition filed by the Company in relation to this matter. We also tested the independence, objectivity and competence of managements expert involved.
We focused on this area as the eventual outcome of the litigations is uncertain and the positions taken by the management are based on the application of the significant judgement and reliance on legal opinions obtained. Accordingly, unexpected adverse outcomes may significantly impact the operations of the Company and hence it has been considered as a key audit matter. • Obtained a direct confirmation from the managements expert to ensure that the accounting treatment of this litigation matter is in accordance with the applicable Ind AS.
• Evaluated the appropriateness of disclosures made in the standalone financial statements with respect to the aforesaid litigation matter in accordance with the requirements of the applicable Ind AS.

Related party transactions

Our audit procedures included, but were not limited, to the following:

Refer note 48 of the standalone financial statements. • Obtained an understanding of managements processes and controls to record and evaluate related party transactions.
The Company has entered into several transactions with related parties during the year ended 31 March 2023 and has outstanding balances from related parties as at the year end. • Evaluated the design and tested operating effectiveness of the relevant internal financial controls to identify and disclose related party relationships and transactions and ensuring compliance with statutory requirements, assessing recoverability of the amount due from the related parties.
We identified related party transactions as a key audit matter due to the risks identified with respect to completeness of disclosures made in the standalone financial statements due to the volume of such transactions, recoverability of the balances outstanding, compliance with statutory regulations governing related party transactions and the judgement involved in assessing whether transactions with related parties are undertaken at arms length. • Carried out an assessment of compliance with the relevant provisions of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulation, 2015 ("SEBI Listing Regulation") and the Act, including authorisation and approvals as specified in sections 177 and 188 of the Act with respect to the related party transactions, as applicable.
• On sample basis, inspected relevant ledgers, agreements and other information that may indicate the existence of related party relationships or transactions. We also assessed the completeness of related parties with reference to the various registers maintained in accordance with applicable statue and declarations maintained by the Companys management.
• Verified the managements assessment of recoverability of dues from related parties by reference to underlying supporting documents, valuation of underlying assets of such entities and settlement of such transactions subsequent to the balance sheet date.
On a sample basis, tested the Companys assessment of related party transactions for arms length pricing with the help of auditors experts.
• Evaluated the adequacy and appropriateness of disclosures made in the standalone financial statements of related party relationships and transactions in accordance with the requirements of applicable Ind AS.

Information other than the standalone Financial statements and Auditors report thereon

7. The Companys Board of Directors are responsible for the other information. The other information comprises the information included in the Annual Report but does not include the standalone financial statements and our auditors report thereon. The Annual Report is expected to be made available to us after the date of this auditors report.

Our opinion on the standalone financial statements does not cover the other information and we do not express any form of assurance conclusion thereon.

In connection with our audit of the standalone financial statements, our responsibility is to read the other information and, in doing so, consider whether the other information is materially inconsistent with the standalone financial statements, or our knowledge obtained in the audit or otherwise appears to be materially misstated.

When we read the Annual Report, if we conclude that there is a material misstatement therein, we are required to communicate the matter to those charged with governance.

Responsibilities of Management and those Charged with Governance for the standalone Financial statements

8. The accompanying standalone financial statements have been approved by the Companys Board of Directors. The Companys Board of Directors are responsible for the matters stated in section 134(5) of the Act with respect to the preparation and presentation of these standalone financial statements that give a true and fair view of the standalone financial position, standalone financial performance including other comprehensive income, standalone changes in equity and standalone cash flows of the Company in accordance with the Ind AS specified under section 133 of the Act and other accounting principles generally accepted in India. This responsibility also includes maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the provisions of the Act for safeguarding of the assets of the Company and for preventing and detecting frauds and other irregularities; selection and application of appropriate accounting policies; making judgments and estimates that are reasonable and prudent; and design, implementation and maintenance of adequate internal financial controls, that were operating effectively for ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the accounting records, relevant to the preparation and presentation of the standalone financial statements that give a true and fair view and are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

9. In preparing the standalone financial statements, the Board of Directors are responsible for assessing the Companys ability to continue as a going concern, disclosing, as applicable, matters related to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting unless the Board of Directors either intend to liquidate the Company or to cease operations, or has no realistic alternative but to do so.

10. Those Board of Directors are also responsible for overseeing the Companys financial reporting process.

Auditors responsibilities for the Audit of the standalone Financial statements

11. Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the standalone financial statements as a whole are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, and to issue an auditors report that includes our opinion. Reasonable assurance is a high level of assurance, but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with Standards on Auditing will always detect a material misstatement when it exists. Misstatements can arise from fraud or error and are considered material if, individually or in the aggregate, they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of these standalone financial statements.

12. As part of an audit in accordance with Standards on Auditing, specified under section 143(10) of the Act we exercise professional judgment and maintain professional skepticism throughout the audit. We also:

• Identify and assess the risks of material misstatement of the standalone financial statements, whether due to fraud or error, design and perform audit procedures responsive to those risks, and obtain audit evidence that is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion. The risk of not detecting a material misstatement resulting from fraud is higher than for one resulting from error, as fraud may involve collusion, forgery, intentional omissions, misrepresentations, or the override of internal control;

• Obtain an understanding of internal control relevant to the audit in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances. Under section 143(3)(i) of the Act we are also responsible for expressing our opinion on whether the Company has adequate internal financial controls with reference to standalone financial statements in place and the operating effectiveness of such controls;

• Evaluate the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates and related disclosures made by management;

• Conclude on the appropriateness of Board of Directors use of the going concern basis of accounting and, based on the audit evidence obtained, whether a material uncertainty exists related to events or conditions that may cast significant doubt on the Companys ability to continue as a going concern. If we conclude that a material uncertainty exists, we are required to draw attention in our auditors report to the related disclosures in the standalone financial statements or, if such disclosures are inadequate, to modify our opinion. Our conclusions are based on the audit evidence obtained up to the date of our auditors report. However, future events or conditions may cause the Company to cease to continue as a going concern;

• Evaluate the overall presentation, structure and content of the standalone financial statements, including the disclosures, and whether the standalone financial statements represent the underlying transactions and events in a manner that achieves fair presentation; and

• Obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence regarding the standalone financial statements of the Company and its branches or the business activities within the Company to express an opinion on the standalone financial statements. We are responsible for the direction, supervision and performance of the audit of financial statements of the Company and such branches included in the standalone financial statements, of which we are the independent auditors. For the other branch included in the standalone financial statements, which have been audited by the branch auditor, such branch auditor remain responsible for the direction, supervision and performance of the audits carried out by them. We remain solely responsible for our audit opinion.

13. We communicate with those charged with governance regarding, among other matters, the planned scope and timing of the audit and significant audit findings, including any significant deficiencies in internal control that we identify during our audit.

14. We also provide those charged with governance with a statement that we have complied with relevant ethical requirements regarding independence, and to communicate with them all relationships and other matters that may reasonably be thought to bear on our independence, and where applicable, related safeguards.

15. From the matters communicated with those charged with governance, we determine those matters that were of most significance in the audit of the standalone financial statements of the current period and are therefore the key audit matters. We describe these matters in our auditors report unless law or regulation precludes public disclosure about the matter or when, in extremely rare circumstances, we determine that a matter should not be communicated in our report because the adverse consequences of doing so would reasonably be expected to outweigh the public interest benefits of such communication.

Other Matter

16. We did not audit the financial information of one branch included in the standalone financial statements of the Company whose financial information (before eliminating inter-unit balances and transactions) reflects Total assets and net assets of Rs. 466.71 lakhs and Rs. 345.72 lakhs respectively as at 31 March 2023, and the Total revenues of Rs. 473.60 lakhs, Total net loss after tax of Rs. 102.46 lakhs, Total comprehensive loss of Rs. 83.06 lakhs, and cash flows (net) of Rs. 31.90 lakhs respectively for the year ended on that date, as considered in the standalone financial statements. These financial information have been audited by the branch auditor whose report have been furnished to us by the management, and our opinion on the standalone financial statements, in so far as it relates to the amounts and disclosures included in respect of branch, and our report in terms of sub-section (3) of section 143 of the Act in so far as it relates to the aforesaid branch, is based solely on the report of such branch auditor.

Further, this branch is located outside India whose financial statements and other financial information has been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in their respective country and which has been audited by branch auditor under generally accepted auditing standards applicable in their country. The Companys management has converted the financial information of such branch from accounting principles generally accepted in their country to accounting principles generally accepted in India. We have audited these conversion adjustments made by the Companys management. Our opinion on the standalone financial statements, in so far as it relates to the amounts and disclosures included in respect of such branch, is based on the audit report of branch auditor and the conversion adjustments prepared by the management of the Company and audited by us.

Our opinion above on the standalone financial statements, and our report on other legal and regulatory requirements below, are not modified in respect of the above matters with respect to our reliance on the work done by and the reports of the branch auditor.

Report on other Legal and regulatory requirements

17. As required by section 197(16) of the Act based on our audit, and on the consideration of the report of the branch auditor as referred to in paragraph 16 above, we report that the Company has paid remuneration to its directors during the year in accordance with the provisions of and limits laid down under section 197 read with Schedule V to the Act.

18. As required by the Companies (Auditors Report) Order, 2020 (‘the Order) issued by the Central Government of India in terms of section 143(11) of the Act we give in the Annexure I, a statement on the matters specified in paragraphs 3 and 4 of the Order, to the extent applicable.

19. Further to our comments in Annexure I, as required by section 143(3) of the Act based on our audit, and on the consideration of the report of the branch auditor as referred to in paragraph 16 above, we report, to the extent applicable, that: a) We have sought and obtained all the information and explanations which to the best of our knowledge and belief were necessary for the purpose of our audit of the accompanying standalone financial statements; b) In our opinion, proper books of account as required by law have been kept by the Company so far as it appears from our examination of those books and proper returns adequate for the purposes of our audit have been received from the branch not visited by us; c) The report on the accounts of the branch office of the Company audited under section 143(8) of the Act by the branch auditor has been sent to us and have been properly dealt with by us in preparing this report; d) The standalone financial statements dealt with by this report are in agreement with the books of account and with the return received from the branch not visited by us; e) In our opinion, the aforesaid standalone financial statements comply with Ind AS specified under section 133 of the Act; f) The matter described in paragraph 4 under the Emphasis of Matter, in our opinion, may not have an adverse effect on the functioning of the Company; g) On the basis of the written representations received from the directors and taken on record by the Board of Directors, none of the directors is disqualified as on 31 March 2023 from being appointed as a director in terms of section 164(2) of the Act; h) With respect to the adequacy of the internal financial controls with reference to standalone financial statements of the Company as on 31 March 2023 and the operating effectiveness of such controls, refer to our separate Report in Annexure II wherein we have expressed an unmodified opinion; and i) With respect to the other matters to be included in the Auditors Report in accordance with rule 11 of the Companies (Audit and Auditors) Rules, 2014 (as amended), in our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us and based on the consideration of the report of the branch auditor as referred to in paragraph 16 above: i. The Company has disclosed the impact of pending litigations on its financial position as at 31 March 2023. ii. The Company did not have any long-term contracts including derivative contracts for which there were any material foreseeable losses as at 31 March 2023; iii. There has been no delay in transferring amounts, required to be transferred, to the Investor Education and Protection Fund by the Company during the year ended 31 March 2023; iv. a. The management has represented that, to the best of its knowledge and belief, as disclosed in note 53(g) to the standalone financial statements, no funds have been advanced or loaned or invested (either from borrowed funds or securities premium or any other sources or kind of funds) by the Company to or in any person or entity, including foreign entities (‘the intermediaries), with the understanding, whether recorded in writing or otherwise, that the intermediary shall, whether, directly or indirectly lend or invest in other persons or entities identified in any manner whatsoever by or on behalf of the Company (‘the Ultimate Beneficiaries) or provide any guarantee, security or the like on behalf the Ultimate Beneficiaries; b. The management has represented that, to the best of its knowledge and belief, as disclosed in note 53(g) to the standalone financial statements, no funds have been received by the Company from any person or entity, including foreign entities (‘the Funding Parties), with the understanding, whether recorded in writing or otherwise, that the Company shall, whether directly or indirectly, lend or invest in other persons or entities identified in any manner whatsoever by or on behalf of the Funding Party (‘Ultimate Beneficiaries) or provide any guarantee, security or the like on behalf of the Ultimate Beneficiaries; and c. Based on such audit procedures performed as considered reasonable and appropriate in the circumstances, nothing has come to our notice that has caused us to believe that the management representations under sub-clauses (a) and (b) above contain any material misstatement. v. The final dividend paid by the Company during the year ended 31 March 2023 in respect of such dividend declared for the previous year is in accordance with section 123 of the Act to the extent it applies to payment of dividend.

As stated in note 44 to the accompanying standalone financial statements, the Board of Directors of the Company have proposed final dividend for the year ended 31 March 2023 which is subject to the approval of the members at the ensuing Annual General Meeting. The dividend declared is in accordance with section 123 of the Act to the extent it applies to declaration of dividend. vi. Proviso to Rule 3(1) of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014 requires all companies which use accounting software for maintaining their books of account, to use such an accounting software which has a feature of audit trail, with effect from the financial year beginning on 1 April 2023 and accordingly, reporting under Rule 11(g) of Companies (Audit and Auditors) Rules, 2014 (as amended) is not applicable for the current financial year.

For Walker Chandiok & Co LLp
Chartered Accountants
Firms Registration No.: 001076N/N500013

Adi p. sethna

Partner
Place: Mumbai Membership No.: 108840
Date: 26 May 2023 UDIN: 23108840BGYAWG3346

ANNEXURE – I REFERRED TO IN PARAGRAPH 18 OF THE INDEPENDENT AUDITORS REPORT OF EVEN DATE TO THE MEMBERS OF THE BOMBAY BURMAH TRADING CORPORATION, LIMITED ON THE STANDALONE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2023

In terms of the information and explanations sought by us and given by the Company and the books of account and records examined by us in the normal course of audit and based on the consideration of the report of the branch auditor, and to the best of our knowledge and belief, we report that: (i) (a) (A) The Company has maintained proper records showing full Particulars, including quantitative details and situation of property, plant and equipment (‘PPE), right of use assets (‘ROU assets) and investment property.

(B) The Company has maintained proper records showing full Particulars of intangible assets.

(b) The Company has a regular program of physical verification of its PPE, ROU assets and investment property under which the assets are physically verified in a phased manner over a period of three years, which in our opinion, is reasonable having regard to the size of the Company and the nature of its assets. In accordance with this program, certain PPE, ROU assets and investment property were verified during the year and no material discrepancies were noticed on such verification.

(c) The title deeds of all the immovable properties (including investment properties) held by the Company (other than properties where the Company is the lessee and the lease agreements are duly executed in favour of the lessee) disclosed in standalone financial statements are held in the name of the Company. (d) The Company has not revalued its PPE including ROU assets or intangible assets during the year. (e) No proceedings have been initiated or are pending against the Company for holding any benami property under the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988 (as amended) and rules made thereunder.

(ii) (a) The management has conducted physical verification of inventory at reasonable intervals during the year, except for goods in transit and inventory lying with third parties. In our opinion, the coverage and procedure of such verification by the management is appropriate and no discrepancies of 10% or more in the aggregate for each class of inventory were noticed. In respect of inventory lying with third parties, these have substantially been confirmed by the third parties.

(b) As disclosed in note 53(b) to the standalone financial statements, the Company has been sanctioned a working capital limit in excess of Rs. 5 crore by banks based on the security of current assets. The quarterly returns/statements, in respect of the working capital limits have been filed by the Company with such banks and such returns/statements are in agreement with the books of account of the Company for the respective periods, which were subject to audit/review.

(iii) (a) The Company has made investment in and provided loans to subsidiaries, associates and other entities during the year as per details given below:

Particulars

Amount (Rs In lakhs)

Aggregate amount of investment made during the year:
- Subsidiaries Nil (Subsidiaries)
- Associates 130.44 (Associates)
- Others Nil (Others)
Aggregate amount of loan provided during the year:
- Subsidiaries 0.42 (Subsidiaries)
- Associates 48,000 (Associates)
- Others Nil (Others)
Loan balance outstanding as at balance sheet date:
- Subsidiaries 7.44 (Subsidiaries)
- Associates 43,761.24 (Associates)
- Others Nil (Others)

Further, no guarantee or security has been given to subsidiaries, associates or other entities during the year.

(b) In our opinion, and according to the information and explanations given to us, the investments made, guarantees provided, security given and terms and conditions of the grant of all loans and advances in the nature of loans and guarantees provided are, prima facie, not prejudicial to the interest of the Company. Further, no guarantees are provided, and no security has been given by the Company during the year.

(c) In respect of loans granted by the Company, the schedule of repayment of principal and payment of interest has been stipulated and the repayments or receipts of principal and interest are regular, except for the following instances:

Name of the entity

Amount due (Rs in lakhs)

Due date

Extent of delay

Remarks (if any)

Go Airlines Limited 300.82 16 February 2023 43 days Interest
Go Airlines Limited 125.34 30 March 2023 1 day Interest

(d) There is no amount which is overdue for more than 90 days in respect of loans or advances in the nature of loans granted to such companies, firms, LLPs or other parties.

(e) The Company has granted loans which had fallen due during the year but such loans has not been renewed or extended nor has the Company granted fresh loans to settle the overdue amounts of existing loans.

(f) The Company has granted loans which are repayable on demand or without specifying any terms or period of repayment, as per details given in note 52 of the standalone financial statements.

(iv) In our opinion, and according to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has complied with the provisions of sections 185 and 186 of the Act in respect of loans and investments made and guarantees and security provided by it, as applicable.

(v) In our opinion, and according to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has not accepted any deposits or there are no amount which have been deemed to be deposits within the meaning of sections 73 to 76 of the Act and the Companies (Acceptance of Deposits) Rules, 2014 (as amended). Accordingly, reporting under clause 3(v) of the Order is not applicable to the Company.

(vi) The Central Government has specified maintenance of cost records under sub-section (1) of section 148 of the Act in respect of the products of the Company. We have broadly reviewed the books of account maintained by the Company pursuant to the Rules made by the Central Government for the maintenance of cost records and are of the opinion that, prima facie, the prescribed accounts and records have been made and maintained. However, we have not made a detailed examination of the cost records with a view to determine whether they are accurate or complete.

(vii) (a) In our opinion, and according to the information and explanations given to us, undisputed statutory dues including goods and services tax, provident fund, employees state insurance, income-tax, sales-tax, service tax, duty of customs, duty of excise, value added tax, cess and other material statutory dues, as applicable, have generally been regularly deposited with the appropriate authorities by the Company, though there have been slight delays in a few cases. Further, undisputed amounts payables in respect thereof, which were outstanding at the year-end for a period of more than six months from the date they became payable are as follows:

Statement of arrears of statutory dues outstanding for more than six months:

Name of the statute

Nature of the dues

Amount (Rs in lakhs)

Period to which the amount relates

Employee provident fund Act, 1952

Employee provident fund

2.60

FY 22-23

Employee State Insurance Act, 1948

Employee State Insurance

0.10

FY 22-23

Central Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017

Goods and Service Tax

2.62

FY 22-23

(b) According to the information and explanations given to us, there are no statutory dues referred in subclause (a) which have not been deposited with the appropriate authorities on account of any dispute except for the following:

Name of the statute

Nature of dues

Gross Amount (Rs in lakhs) Amount paid under protest (Rs in lakhs)

Period to which the amount relates

Forum where dispute is pending

Remarks, if any

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income tax

86.48 86.48

A.Y 2017-18

Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals), Mumbai

NA

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income tax

3.48 -

A.Y 2005-06

Assistant Commissioner Thiruvanmiyur Assessment Circle

NA

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income tax

0.37 -

A.Y 2006-07

Assistant Commissioner Thiruvanmiyur Assessment Circle

NA

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income tax

0.87 -

A.Y 2009-10

Assistant Commissioner Thiruvanmiyur Assessment Circle

NA

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income tax

1.80 -

A.Y 2011-12

Assistant Commissioner Thiruvanmiyur Assessment Circle

NA

CST Act, 1956

Custom & sales tax

1.72 -

A.Y 2011-12

Assistant Commissioner Thiruvanmiyur Assessment Circle

NA

CST Act, 1956

Custom & sales tax

7.47 -

A.Y 2012-13

Assistant Commissioner Thiruvanmiyur Assessment Circle

NA

(viii) According to the information and explanations given to us, no transactions were surrendered or disclosed as income during the year in the tax assessments under the Income Tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961) which have not been previously recorded in the books of account.

(ix) (a) According to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has not defaulted in repayment of its loans or borrowings or in the payment of interest thereon to any lender.

(b) According to the information and explanations given to us including representation received from the management of the Company, and on the basis of our audit procedures, we report that the Company has not been declared a willful defaulter by any bank or financial institution or other lender.

(c) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, money raised by way of term loans were applied for the purposes for which these were obtained.

(d) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, and on an overall examination of the standalone financial statements of the Company, funds raised by the Company on short term basis have, prima facie, not been utilised for long term purposes.

(e) According to the information and explanations given to us and on an overall examination of the standalone financial statements of the Company, the Company has not taken any funds from any entity or person on account of or to meet the obligations of its subsidiaries or associates.

(f) According to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has not raised any loans during the year on the pledge of securities held in its subsidiaries or associate companies.

(x) (a) The Company has not raised any money by way of initial public offer or further public offer (including debt instruments), during the year. Accordingly, reporting under clause 3(x)(a) of the Order is not applicable to the Company.

(b) According to the information and explanations given to us and on the basis of our examination of the records of the Company, the Company has not made any preferential allotment or private placement of shares or (fully, partially or optionally) convertible debentures during the year. Accordingly, reporting under clause 3(x)(b) of the Order is not applicable to the Company.

(xi) (a) To the best of our knowledge and according to the information and explanations given to us, no fraud by the Company or no material fraud on the Company has been noticed or reported during the period covered by our audit.

(b) According to the information and explanations given to us including the representation made to us by the management of the Company, no report under sub-section 12 of section 143 of the Act has been filed by the auditors in Form ADT-4 as prescribed under Rule 13 of Companies (Audit and Auditors) Rules, 2014, with the Central Government for the period covered by our audit.

(c) According to the information and explanations given to us including the representation made to us by the management of the Company, there are no whistle-blower complaints received by the Company during the year.

(xii) The Company is not a Nidhi Company and the Nidhi Rules, 2014 are not applicable to it. Accordingly, reporting under clause 3(xii) of the Order is not applicable to the Company.

(xiii) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, all transactions entered into by the Company with the related parties are in compliance with sections 177 and 188 of the Act, where applicable. Further, the details of such related party transactions have been disclosed in the standalone financial statements, as required under Indian Accounting Standard (Ind AS) 24, Related Party Disclosures specified in Companies (Indian Accounting Standards) Rules 2015 as prescribed under section 133 of the Act.

(xiv)(a) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has an internal audit system as per the provisions of section 138 of the Act which is commensurate with the size and nature of its business.

(b) We have considered the reports issued by the Internal Auditors of the Company till date for the period under audit.

(xv) According to the information and explanation given to us, the Company has not entered into any non-cash transactions with its directors or persons connected with its directors and accordingly, reporting under clause 3(xv) of the Order with respect to compliance with the provisions of section 192 of the Act are not applicable to the Company.

(xvi)(a) The Company is not required to be registered under section 45-IA of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934. Accordingly, reporting under clauses 3(xvi)(a),(b) and (c) of the Order are not applicable to the Company.

(b) Based on the information and explanations given to us and as represented by the management of the Company, the Group (as defined in Core Investment Companies (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2016) has only one CIC as part of the Group.

(xvii) The Company has not incurred any cash losses in the current financial year as well as the immediately preceding financial year.

(xviii) There has been no resignation of the statutory auditors during the year. Accordingly, reporting under clause 3(xviii) of the Order is not applicable to the Company.

(xix) According to the information and explanations given to us and on the basis of the financial ratios, ageing and expected dates of realisation of financial assets and payment of financial liabilities, other information accompanying the standalone financial statements, our knowledge of the plans of the Board of Directors and management and based on our examination of the evidence supporting the assumptions, nothing has come to our attention, which causes us to believe that any material uncertainty exists as on the date of the audit report indicating that Company is not capable of meeting its liabilities existing at the date of balance sheet as and when they fall due within a period of one year from the balance sheet date. We, however, state that this is not an assurance as to the future viability of the Company. We further state that our reporting is based on the facts up to the date of the audit report and we neither give any guarantee nor any assurance that all liabilities falling due within a period of one year from the balance sheet date, will get discharged by the Company as and when they fall due.

(xx) According to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has met the criteria as specified under sub-section (1) of section 135 of the Act read with the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014, however, in the absence of average net profits in the immediately three preceding years, there is no requirement for the Company to spend any amount under sub-section (5) of section 135 of the Act. Accordingly, reporting under clause 3(xx) of the Order is not applicable to the Company. (xxi) The reporting under clause 3(xxi) of the Order is not applicable in respect of audit of standalone financial statements of the Company. Accordingly, no comment has been included in respect of said clause under this report.

For Walker Chandiok & Co LLp
Chartered Accountants
Firms Registration No.: 001076N/N500013

Adi p. sethna

Partner
Place: Mumbai Membership No.: 108840
Date: 26 May 2023 UDIN: 23108840BGYAWG3346

ANNEXURE - II TO THE INDEPENDENT AUDITORS REPORT OF EVEN DATE TO THE MEMBERS OF THE BOMBAY BURMAH TRADING CORPORATION, LIMITED ON THE STANDALONE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2023

Independent Auditors report on the internal financial controls with reference to the standalone financial statements under Clause (i) of sub-section 3 of section 143 of the Companies Act, 2013 (‘the Act)

1. In conjunction with our audit of the standalone financial statements of the Bombay Burmah trading Corporation, Limited (‘the Company) as at and for the year ended 31 March 2023, we have audited the internal financial controls with reference to standalone financial statements of the Company as at that date.

Responsibilities of Management and those Charged with Governance for Internal Financial Controls

2. The Companys Board of Directors is responsible for establishing and maintaining internal financial controls based on the internal financial controls with reference to standalone financial statements criteria (‘IFC criteria) established by the Company considering the essential components of internal control stated in the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls over Financial Reporting (the ‘Guidance Note) issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (‘ICAI). These responsibilities include the design, implementation and maintenance of adequate internal financial controls that were operating effectively for ensuring the orderly and efficient conduct of the Companys business, including adherence to the Companys policies, the safeguarding of its assets, the prevention and detection of frauds and errors, the accuracy and completeness of the accounting records, and the timely preparation of reliable financial information, as required under the Act.

Auditors responsibility for the Audit of the Internal Financial Controls with reference to standalone Financial statements

3. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Companys internal financial controls with reference to standalone financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with the Standards on Auditing issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India prescribed under Section 143(10) of the Act, to the extent applicable to an audit of internal financial controls with reference to standalone financial statements, and the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting issued by the ICAI. Those Standards and the Guidance Note require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether adequate internal financial controls with reference to standalone financial statements were established and maintained and if such controls operated effectively in all material respects.

4. Our audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the adequacy of the internal financial controls with reference to standalone financial statements and their operating effectiveness. Our audit of internal financial controls with reference to standalone financial statements includes obtaining an understanding of such internal financial controls, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. The procedures selected depend on the auditors judgement, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the standalone financial statements, whether due to fraud or error.

5. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained, and the audit evidence obtained by the other auditor in terms of their reports referred to in the Other Matter paragraph below, is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion on the Companys internal financial controls with reference to standalone financial statements.

Meaning of Internal Financial Controls with reference to standalone Financial statements

6. A companys internal financial controls with reference to standalone financial statements is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of standalone financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A companys internal financial controls with reference to standalone financial statements include those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of standalone financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the Company are being made only in accordance with authorisations of management and directors of the Company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorised acquisition, use, or disposition of the companys assets that could have a material effect on the standalone financial statements.

Inherent Limitations of Internal Financial Controls with reference to standalone Financial statements

7. Because of the inherent limitations of internal financial controls with reference to standalone financial statements, including the possibility of collusion or improper management override of controls, material misstatements due to error or fraud may occur and not be detected. Also, projections of any evaluation of the internal financial controls with reference to standalone financial statements to future periods are subject to the risk that the internal financial controls with reference to standalone financial statements may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

Opinion

8. In our opinion, and based on the consideration of the report of the other auditor on internal financial controls with reference to financial statements of a branch referred to in the Other Matter paragraph below, the Company has, in all material respects, adequate internal financial controls with reference to standalone financial statements and such controls were operating effectively as at 31 March 2023, based on the IFC criteria established by the Company considering the essential components of internal control stated in the Guidance Note issued by the ICAI.

Other Matter

9. We did not audit the internal financial controls with reference to standalone financial statements insofar as it relates to one overseas branch of the Company, which is a company covered under the Act, whose standalone financial information reflect Total assets and net assets of Rs. 466.71 lakhs and Rs. 345.72 lakhs respectively as at 31 March 2023, Total revenue of Rs. 473.60 lakhs, Total net loss after tax of Rs. 102.46 lakhs, Total comprehensive loss of Rs. 83.06 lakhs, and cash flows (net) of Rs. 31.90 lakhs for the year ended on that date, as considered in the standalone financial statements. The internal financial controls with reference to financial statements insofar as it relates to such branch has been audited by another auditor whose report has been furnished to us by the management, and our report on the adequacy and operating effectiveness of the internal financial controls with reference to standalone financial statements for the Company, as aforesaid, under section 143(3)(i) of the Act in so far it relates to such branch, is based solely on the report of the auditor of such branch. Our opinion is not modified in respect of this matter with respect to our reliance on the work done by and on the report of the other auditor.

For Walker Chandiok & Co LLp
Chartered Accountants
Firms Registration No.: 001076N/N500013

Adi p. sethna

Partner
Place: Mumbai Membership No.: 108840
Date: 26 May 2023 UDIN: 23108840BGYAWG3346