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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Natural Justice in Departmental Inquiry



It is always emphasized upon the necessity of observance of the principles of natural justice in the conduct of departmental inquiry by the employer. The rules of natural justice oblige the employer's management to follow certain pre inquiry procedures like informing the employee of the charges levelled against him, providing him the list of witnesses and documents having nexus with the incident to be relied upon in the departmental inquiry so that the CE and his DR can cross check its authenticity and veracity and thereby the CE should be provided with an opportunity to cross examine the contents and discredit their testimonies if required, fair opportunity to cross-examine witnesses and examine witnesses, including himself, in support of his defense and unbiased and proper recording of the evidences adduced by the CE. As such the IO should follow principles of natural justice, so that justice is done with the inquiry proceedings.
With best wishes,

Keshav Ram Singhal

Abbreviation

IO = Inquiry Officer / Enquiry Officer / Inquiring Authority
PO = Presenting Officer
DR = Defence Representative
CE = Charged Employee / Charged Officer
DA = Disciplinary Authority
AA = Appellate Authority






Thursday, November 27, 2014

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION - 12



Should Inquiry Officer administer oath to witnesses?

Departmental inquiries need not be conducted in accordance with the technical requirement of criminal trials, but they must be fairly conducted and in holding them, considerations of fair play and natural justice must govern the conduct of the IO. In departmental inquiry the Inquiry Officer should not administer oath to witnesses. Please read General Tips - 15 of this blog.

With best wishes,

Keshav Ram Singhal

Abbreviation

IO = Inquiry Officer / Enquiry Officer / Inquiring Authority
PO = Presenting Officer
DR = Defence Representative
CE = Charged Employee / Charged Officer
DA = Disciplinary Authority
AA = Appellate Authority