TIPS FOR THE PRESENTING OFFICERS - 2
You may dispense with needless witness/witnesses.
You should examine the investigating officer as the last witness, if it is necessary.
You must follow the cross-examination of your witnesses carefully and should re-examine then to clarify any important point related to the case.
You should take care to lead all evidence at the proper time. You must know that no new evidence can be introduced to fill up gaps.
You must satisfy yourself about trust-worthiness of defence witness/witness and must cross-examine defence witness/witnesses tactfully to bring out truth and to expose hollowness of their testimony, where necessary.
You must discredit the defence witness by impeaching their trust-worthiness.
The most important point you must know that the burden of proof is on the prosecution and it is your prime duty to prove the charge in the inquiry to the best possible.
You should be able to prove, with reference to the documentary and oral evidence produced during the inquiry, the articles of charge.
At the close of the inquiry, you have to sum up arguments by filing a written brief. You should write the written brief with full care.
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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