Enquiry Officer should know the local language

In the case of Manager, Venture Estate v. General Secretary, the Kerala High Court held that an enquiry officer conducting domestic enquiry should know the local language, which is conversant to the delinquent employee. In that case, the domestic enquiry was conducted through an interpreter. The court held that “when a person not conversant with the local language is appointed as an enquiry officer to conduct an enquiry against an illiterate local worker, it raises a suspicion regarding the fairness of the proceedings. Non-compliance of natural justice in the domestic enquiry can be concluded, if this fact, is coupled with other suspicious circumstances.”

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About Thomas Geeverghese

Advocate, Ernakulam
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