Section 38: Revocation Of Digital Signature Certificate | The Information Technology Act, 2000

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(1) A Certifying Authority may revoke a Digital Signature Certificate issued by it:

  • (a) where the subscriber or any other person authorised by him makes a request to that effect;
  • (b) upon the death of the subscriber;
  • (c) upon the dissolution of the firm or winding up of the company where the subscriber is a firm or a company.

(2) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (3) and without prejudice to the provisions of sub-section (1), a Certifying Authority may revoke a Digital Signature Certificate which has been issued by it at any time, if it is of opinion that:

  • (a) a material fact represented in the Digital Signature Certificate is false or has been concealed;
  • (b) a requirement for issuance of the Digital Signature Certificate was not satisfied;
  • (c) the Certifying Authority's private key or security system was compromised in a manner materially affecting the Digital Signature Certificate's reliability;
  • (d) the subscriber has been declared insolvent or dead or where a subscriber is a firm or a company, which has been dissolved, wound-up or otherwise ceased to exist.

(3) A Digital Signature Certificate shall not be revoked unless the subscriber has been given an opportunity of being heard in the matter.

(4) On revocation of a Digital Signature Certificate under this section, the Certifying Authority shall communicate the same to the subscriber.

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