BRIEF GUIDELINES FOR CONDUCTING A PROPER INQUIRY


18. It is essential to keep bear in mind, at all times, that there are no fixed criteria as to what constitutes a proper inquiry. Every case must necessarily depend on the particular circumstances and the degree of formality and rules adopted would also be determined by the prevailing circumstances.

19. What is of utmost importance, however, is that the basic principles of natural justice are observed. These may be summarised as follows:-

(i) That the employee is given an opportunity to know, in full, the charges made against him.

(ii) The employee has reasonable opportunity of defending himself against the charges.

(iii) The management team which sits as the Inquiry Panel should be unconnected with the events and circumstances surrounding the charge:

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