Master Circular : Disciplinary/Appellate/ Revisionary/Reviewing Authorities & Inquiry Officers while handling disciplinary cases
Government of India (Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
Master Circular No. 67
No, E(D&A) 2019 RG6-12
New Delhi Dated: 23.12.2019
The General Managers,
Railways and Production Units.
Sub: Important points to be kept in view by the Disciplinary/Appellate/ Revisionary/Reviewing Authorities and Inquiry Officers while handling disciplinary cases- Master Circular.
The 2019 version of the Master Circular on important points to be kept in view by the Disciplinary/Appellate/Revisionary/Reviewing Authorities and Inquiry Officers while handling disciplinary cases is in your hands. You are aware that the disciplinary proceeding, being quasi judicial in nature, occupy a place different from the normal administrative processes. For the same reason, they also have to their credit the largest portion of the service law jurisprudence evolved through judicial pronouncements. With Article 311 of the Constitution of India laying down the philosophical contours of the disciplinary proceedings, the Railway Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1968 have been framed by the President under the mandate of Article 309 of the Constitution for regulating the matters of disciplinary proceedings in the case of the Railway Servants, Owing to the complex nature of these proceedings and application of the Rules in the individual cases on their given factual matrices springing up questions; circulars have been issued from time to time in order to provide clarifications. Some circulars issued in the past have become redundant owing to amendments carried out in the Rules and also in the light of ever evolving case law.
While a huge number of circulars has been issued by the Ministry in the past, an attempt has been made to present a selective handy compilation of the circulars which deal with frequently asked questions with the hope that it will provide useful guidance in conducting the disciplinary proceedings in a legally sustainable manner.
Dy. Director, Estt.(Discipline & Appeal)