Mr. Ranade, Ex tahasildar, Panvel has asked me two questions.
The first question is whether the presenting Officer can be a witness ?
The second question is whether the inquiry proceedings can ba continued and finalized even in the absence of the presenting officer who fails to remain present inspite of notice to him.
The answer to the first question is Yes. The inquiry does not get vitiated on the ground that the presenting officer has appeared as witness.However whenever the presenting officer appears as witness, after his examination in chief, the delinquent employee or his defence assistant should be allowed to cross examine him.
The reply to the second question will be given on the blog in 2-3 days.
The doubts or questions in regard to departmental inquiries may be sent to me on my email i.d. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
with best wishes to one and all,