TIPS FOR THE CHARGED EMPLOYEES AND DEFENCE REPRESENTATIVES - 1
CE can take help of a DR in the departmental inquiry as per rules in this regard. It is always better to seek assistance of an experienced DR.
Please do study and understand the departmental inquiry procedures fully.
You should read and understand the charges and allegations, on which they are based, very carefully.
Please study the charges/allegations with regard to date, time, place and manner of occurrence as mentioned in the charge sheet.
Please carefully check that the charge sheet is signed by the DA himself.
You must check up all factual statements in the charge sheet and the statement of allegations.
Inspection of documents should be done with utmost care. Always take extract or make out full copies (as may be necessary) of the documents. Please remember that the inspected documents will not be made available again for inspection. In case photocopies of the documents are made available, please compare these photocopies with the originals.
In the preliminary hearing, you should ask for the copies of the earlier statements made by the witnesses.
Please read the earlier statements of the witnesses carefully. Thia will help the defence to know the presentation case and you may be able to prepare certain questions for your cross-examination.
You may ask for the copies of the confidential reports, preliminary enquiry reports, police investigation reports, if these are used during the inquiry by the PO.
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