Can an officer, who has witnessed the incident, being the subject matter of an inquiry, be appointed as inquiry officer?
If an officer is a witness to any of the incidents, which is the subject matter of the inquiry, then in all fairness, the officer should not be appointed as inquiry officer. If the above facts become known after the appointment of the enquiry officer, during the inquiry, steps should be taken to ensure that the task of holding the inquiry is assigned to some other officer.
With best wishes,
Keshav Ram Singhal