TIPS FOR THE PRESENTING OFFICERS - 1
Please examine your order of appointment. Please check whether it is signed by thecompetent authority.
Please carefully read the charge-sheet and related papers.
You should have discussions with investigating officer(s), if any and also see related records. This will help you to know the case.
You should examine all documents to be produced in support of the articles of charge.
You should arrange the documents as proof of the charge.
Please acquaint yourself with the inquiry rules, regulations and technical aspects of the issues related in the departmental inquiry.
You should be ready to handover the various documents to the IO on the first day of the regular hearing.
You should be polite towards the CE, DR and their witnesses. Your attitude should be positive one.
You should refrain from attacking character of the CE unless it becomes absolutely essential due to exigencies of the case.
You should be clear in your mind – What aspect of the case you wish to borne out by which evidence/witness/witnesses.
In your examination-in-chief of the prosecution witnesses, you should restrict evidence of each witness to the facts best known to him. You should put your questions carefully.
You should decide proper sequence in which witnesses are to be examined.
You should clearly understand that it is not essential to examine the witnesses in order as mentioned in the list of witnesses given to the CE.
You may dispense with needless witness/witnesses.
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