Can a DA differ with the findings recorded by an IO?
Yes. When an IO is appointed by a DA, the said authority is not bound to accept the findings recorded by the IO.
It is implicit in the DA by virtue of his status as DA and the functions he/she has to perform as DA that he/she must independently apply his/her mind to the report made by the IO.
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