I am an IT Consultant providing solutions online to my clients abroad. I was visited by Shop & Establishment officer who told me that I need to be registered with them even though I explained him that I am not selling anything from in here nor does any of my clients visit me. He still insisted that I need to be registered. Last week I received a sumons from the court where the offences charged on me are:
1) Not registered with Shop & Establishment
2) Visit book/register not maintained.
Do I need to be registered with Shop & Establishment Act? If no then what references or reasons can I suggest in the court to counter the offences? I do not have any employees in the company.
If I need to be registered, what would be the penalty for the offences listed above?
Please help as I have not yet found someone who is really knowledgeable about the Bombay Shop & Establishment Act due to which there is lack of clarity on what I should be doing.