Timely finalization of Departmental Inquiry Proceedings -improving vigilance administration: CVC Circular No. 19/09/21 dated 06.10.2021.
- The Commission has observed that in some cases, the above time limit is not being adhered to by the authorities concerned. The inordinate delay in completion of departmental proceedings on the part of the organization concerned has also attracted adverse comments from the Hon ‘ble Supreme Court of India in Civil Appeal No. 958 of 20 10, Prem Nath Bali Vs. Registrar, High Court of Delhi & Anr in its judgment dated 16.12.2015. Hence, the above guidelines are reiterated and the Commission desires that the same should be adhered to strictly by the authorities in the organisations concerned.
- Due to the situation arising out of severity of COYID- 19 pandemic and related issues, Commission has given a special dispensation for completion of the pending inquiry proceedings with a fresh timeline. In those cases where initiation of Major Penalty Proceedings was advised by the Commission on or before 31.12.2020, inquiry proceedings by the Inquiry Officers should be completed latest by 31.03.2022. In respect of those cases where Commission’s advice for initiation of Major Penalty Proceedings was tendered between 01.01.2021 to 30.09.2021, inquiry proceedings by the Inquiry Officers should be completed latest by 30.06.2022.
5. Since initiation and conduct of disciplinary proceedings is within the domain of the disciplinary authority concerned, the CYOs may bring the above guidelines of the Commission to the notice of the competent authorities for strict compliance,