Is there any bar on initiating disciplinary proceedings (departmental inquiry) against an employee who is acquitted by a criminal court?
No. Acquittal of the accused employee in a criminal case is no bar for departmental inquiry or disciplinary proceedings. The degree or standard of proof required for conviction in a criminal prosecution should be such as to put beyond the pale of doubt the guilt of the accused..
With best wishes,
Keshav Ram Singhal
IO = Inquiry Officer / Enquiry Officer / Inquiring Authority
PO = Presenting Officer
DR = Defence Representative
CE = Charged Employee / Charged Officer
DA = Disciplinary Authority
AA = Appellate Authority