Rule 8 (5)(c) of M.C.S. (D.& A. ) Rules 1979 provides that where the disciplinary authority appoints an inquiring authority for holding an inquiry , it may ,by an order ,appoint a Government servant or a legal practitioner to be known as " presenting officer" to present on its behalf the case in support of charge.In fact it is always desirable that a presenting officer is appointed so that the case of the disciplinary authority can be effectively presented and the charges against the delinquent employee are proved. Madras high court in case of T.N.Govindrajan v/s Management of Overseas Bank has held that where the regulations provide that the disciplinary authority may appoint a presenting officer , the disciplinary authority should appoint a presenting officer, if the inquiry officer has to consider oral evidence led on behalf of the disciplinary authority because the inquiry officer should not be left with the position to to examine the witnesses on behalf of the disciplinary authority.
Taking in to consideration the facts mentioned above it would be clear that the disciplinary authority must appoint a presenting officer otherwise it may be alleged that appointment of presenting officer was deliberately not made with an ulterior motive to exonerate the delinquent employee from the charges levelled against him.