Whether an employee, upon receipt of memo or show cause notice, can demand perusal of documents and records related to the allegations stated in the memo/show cause notice?
Yes, an employee, upon receipt of memo or show cause notice, can request to the management to allow him/her to peruse documents and records related to the allegations stated in the memo/show cause notice. Even in case of the employee posted at different place, he can request to visit the office where the alleged irregularities against the employee have been stated in the memo/show cause notice. So that the employee can go through the relevant documents and records and collect copies of the same from the custodian of documents. This right is provided to enable the employee concerned to recollect the circumstances related to the allegations, so that he/she may be able to provide relevant facts in his reply to the management.
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