‘Follow time limit in completing disciplinary proceedings against corrupt’

New Delhi, Dec 03 (PTI): The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on Friday asked all public sector banks, insurance companies and government departments to follow time limit set by it for timely completion of disciplinary proceedings against the corrupt officials.
In an order, it said that all the Inquiry Officers be asked to submit a monthly report to the disciplinary authority concerned, indicating the present status/progress of the inquiry proceedings being conducted by them.
In case, it is found that the inquiry proceedings are getting delayed beyond the prescribed time limit, the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) concerned should immediately take up the matter with the Inquiry Officer and disciplinary authority concerned to ensure timely action, the order said, seeking strict compliance of its latest instruction.
The CVC, as part of its functions of exercising superintendence over vigilance administration of the organisations covered under its advisory jurisdiction has, time and again, laid emphasis on timely completion of disciplinary proceedings, it said.
However, it has been observed that in cases where regular departmental action for major penalty has been initiated, one of the main reasons for delay in disciplinary proceedings is due to the delay caused in the inquiry proceedings being conducted by the Inquiry Officers, the order said.
The Commission, vide its circular dated March 3, 1999 had prescribed the model time limit for the Inquiry Officers for conducting departmental inquiries which was reiterated through another communiqu issued in January 2016, it said.
Fixing date of preliminary hearing and inspection of listed documents, submission of defence documents/witnesses and nomination of a defence assistant (DA) (if not already appointment of nominated) should be done within within four weeks from the date of appointment of Inquiry Officer, said the order issued to secretaries of central government departments, chiefs of public sector banks and insurance companies.
Inspection of relied upon documents/submission of list of defence witnesses/defence documents/examination of relevancy of defence documents/ defence witnesses, procuring of additional documents and submission of certificates confirming inspection of additional documents by charged officer/DA, issue of summons to the witnesses, fixing the date of regular hearing and arrangement for participation of witnesses in them, and regular hearing on day to day basis should be completed within three months.
It cited 30 days time limit for the submission of inquiry report from the date of receipt of written brief by the presenting officer/charged officer, the order said.

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