The Commission has been emphasising the need for completing the departmental inquiry proceedings expeditiously so that errant officials are punished at the earliest. It has been observed that one of the major causes for delay lies in making the listed documents available for the inquiry. Sometimes, poor drafting of the charge sheet also creates confusion about the documents relied upon. The Commission has also noted with serious concern, that while advice of the Commission is sought on the basis of indicated lapses/irregularities and the suspected public servants role, the charge-sheets are not drafted properly to reflect the seriousness of the lapses. The lapses are not covered precisely in the articles of charge and certain lapses, on the basis of which advice is obtained, are not included in the charge-sheets, thereby limiting the areas of operation/effectiveness of the Inquiry Officer. There are also cases where there was no credible evidence to back the charge, as a result of which, the said charge could not be proved during the inquiry. This not only results in errant officials escaping punishment, but also causes avoidable embarrassment to the Vigilance Administration and the Commission.
2. It is with a view to checking such occurrences that the Commission has been emphasising that while seeking Commissions advice, wherever disciplinary proceedings are proposed, references, complete in all respects, including the draft charge-sheets with supporting evidence, should be made to the Commission. While this was not to be construed as vetting of the charge-sheets by the Commission, it was intended to ensure that the specific lapses were duly reflected in the chargesheet before it was decided to proceed against an officer. It may be pointed out that in Para 2.14.1(v) of Chapter II of the Vigilance Manual (Vol.I), it has been clearly stipulated that the CVO is required to ensure that the charge-sheets to the concerned employees are drafted properly. It is needless to say that this includes the different aspects of the charge-sheet mentioned in the aforesaid para. Accordingly, the CVOs are directed to carefully scrutinise the draft charge-sheets before sending their proposals, suggesting departmental proceedings and seeking Commissions advice on the same. The Commission may take an adverse view on a CVO, who sends incomplete references, besides being constrained to return such proposals.