TIPS FOR THE INQUIRY OFFICER - 4
Please do not administer oath to the witnesses.
Please do not allow leading questions in the examination-in-chief, except in cross-examination. You should not also put leading question to the witnesses.
While allowing adjournments, examine the grounds on which it has been sought. Please do not allow adjournments on flimsy grounds.
Do not allow the DR when the CE appears as his own witness or when he is answering the mandatory questions, at the close of inquiry.
You should not supply copy of the written brief of the CE to the PO.
Please do not collect information from persons who have not been cited as witnesses unless you declare them as ‘court witness’. In case you declare any person as ‘court witness’, then you should allow cross-examination of such witness by both parties i.e., by the PO and the DR.
Please do not take into consideration any matters or evidence which were not adduced/produced during the course of the inquiry.
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
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