Notification No. G.S.R. 595(E), dated 7-7-2010

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (3) of Section 15, read with clause (b) of sub-section (2) of Section 36 of the Recovery of Debts Due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993 (51 of 1993), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules, namely:—

1. Short title and commencement.—(1) These rules may be called the Debts Recovery Tribunal (Procedure for Investigation of Misbehavior or Incapacity of Presiding Officer) Rules, 2010.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. Extent of application.—These rules shall be applicable to every Presiding Officer of the Debts Recovery Tribunal established under the Act.

3. Definitions.—(1) In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires,—

(a)   “Act” means the Recovery of Debts Due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993 (51 of 1993);

(b)  “Judge” means a sitting Judge of the High Court appointed under sub-rule (2) of rule 5 to conduct the inquiry;

(c)   “Presiding Officer” means a person appointed as Presiding Officer of a Tribunal under sub-section (1) of Section 4 of the Act;

(d)  “Tribunal” means the Debts Recovery Tribunal established under sub-section (1) of Section 4 of the Act.

(2) Words and expressions used herein and not defined but defined in the Act shall have the meaning respectively assigned to them in the Act.

4. Committee for investigation of complaints.—(1) If a written complaint, alleging any definite charges of misbehaviour or incapacity to perform the functions of the office in respect of a Presiding Officer is received by the Central Government, it shall make a preliminary scrutiny of such complaint.

(2) If, on preliminary scrutiny, the Central Government considers it necessary to investigate into the allegation, it shall place the complaint together with other material as may be available, before a Committee consisting of the following officers to investigate the charges of allegations made in the complaint, namely:—

(i) Secretary (Coordination and Public Grievances), Cabinet Secretariat ––Chairman;
(ii) Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Department of Financial Services —Member;
(iii) Secretary, Department of Legal Affairs. Ministry of Law and Justice —Member.

(3) The Committee shall devise its own procedure and method of investigation which may include recording of evidence of the complainant and collection of material relevant to the inquiry which may be conducted by a Judge of the High Court under these rules.

(4) The Committee shall submit its findings to the President as early as possible within a period that may be specified by the President in this behalf.

5. Judge to conduct inquiry.—(1) If the President is of the opinion that there are reasonable grounds for making an inquiry into the truth of any imputation of misbehavior or incapacity of a Presiding Officer, he shall make a reference to the Chief Justice of India, requesting him to nominate a Judge of a High Court to conduct the inquiry.

(2) The President shall, by order, appoint the Judge of the High Court nominated by the Chief Justice of India for the purpose of conducting the inquiry.

(3) Notice of appointment of a Judge under sub-rule (2) shall be given to the Presiding Officer concerned.

(4) The President shall forward to the Judge a copy of—

(a)  the articles of charges against the Presiding Officer concerned and the statement of imputation;

(b)  the statement of witnesses, if any; and

(c)  material documents relevant to the inquiry.

(5) The Judge appointed under sub-rule (2) shall complete the inquiry within such time or further time as may be specified by the President.

(6) The Presiding Officer concerned shall be given a reasonable opportunity of presenting a written statement of defence within such time as may be specified in this behalf by the Judge.

(7) Where it is alleged that the Presiding Officer concerned is unable to discharge the duties of his office efficiently due to any physical or mental incapacity and the allegation is denied, the Judge may arrange for the medical examination of the Presiding Officer by such Medical Board as may be appointed for the purpose by the President and the Presiding Officer concerned shall submit himself to such medical examination within the time specified in this behalf by the Judge.

(8) The Medical Board shall undertake such medical examination of the Presiding Officer as may be considered necessary and submit a report to the Judge stating therein whether the incapacity is such as to render the Presiding Officer unfit to continue in office.

(9) If the Presiding Officer refuses to undergo such medical examination as considered necessary by the Medical Board, the Board shall submit a report to the Judge stating therein the examination which the Presiding Officer has refused to undergo, and the Judge may, on receipt of such report, presume that the Presiding Officer suffers from such physical or mental incapacity as is alleged in the complaint.

(10) The Judge may, after considering the written statement of the Presiding Officer and the Medical Report, if any, amend the charges referred to in clause (a) of sub-rule (4) and in such a case, the Presiding Officer shall be given a reasonable opportunity of presenting a fresh written statement of defence.

(11) The Central Government shall appoint an officer of that Government or an advocate to present the case against the Presiding Officer,

(12) Where the Central Government has appointed an advocate to present its case before the Judge, the Presiding Officer concerned shall also be allowed to present his case by an advocate chosen by him.

6. Application of the Departmental Inquiries (Enforcement of Witness and Production of Documents) Act, 1972 to inquiries under these rules.—The provision of the Departmental Inquiries (Enforcement of Witness and Production of Documents) Act, 1972 (18 of 1972), shall apply to the inquiries made under these rules as they apply to departmental inquiries.

7. Powers of Judge.—The Judge shall not be bound by the procedure laid down by the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of 1908) but shall be guided by the principles of natural justice and shall have power to regulate his own procedure including the fixing of places and times of his inquiry.

8. Suspension of Presiding  Officer.— Notwithstanding anything contained in rule 4 and without prejudice to any action being taken in accordance with the said rule, the President, keeping in view the gravity of charges, may suspend the Presiding Officer against whom a complaint is under investigation or inquiry.

9. Subsistence allowance.—The payment of subsistence allowance to the Presiding Officer under suspension shall be regulated in accordance with the rules and orders for the time being applicable to an officer of the Government of India of equivalent post and drawing an equivalent grade pay.

10. Inquiry report.—After the conclusion of the investigation, the Judge shall submit his report to the President stating therein his findings and the reasons therefore on each of the articles of charges separately with such observations on the whole case as he thinks fit.

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