(Efficiency and Discipline)
- he is, any of his dependents or any other person through him or on his behalf is, in possession (for which he cannot reasonably account) of pecuniary resources or of property disproportionate to his known sources of income; or
- he has assumed a style of living beyond his ostensible means; or
- he has persistent reputation of being corrupt; or
- withholding, for a specific period, promotion or increment, otherwise than for unfitness for promotion or financial advancement in accordance with the rules or orders pertaining to the service or post;
- stoppage, for a specific period, at an efficiency bar in the time-scale, otherwise than for unfitness to cross such bar;
- recovery from pay of the whole or any part of any pecuniary loss caused to Government by negligence or breach of orders;
- reduction to a lower post or time-scale, or to a lower stage in a time-scale;
- compulsory retirement;
- removal from service; and
- dismissal from service.
- In case where a Government servant is accused of subversion, corruption or misconduct, the authorised officer may require him to proceed on leave or with the approval of the authority suspended him, provided that any continuation of such leave or suspension shall require approval of the authority after every three months.
- The authorised officer shall decide whether in the light of facts of the case or the interests of justice an inquiry should be conducted through an Inquiry Officer or Inquiry Committee. If he so decides, the procedure indicated in rule 6 shall apply.
- If the authorised officer decides that it is not necessary to have an inquiry conducted through an Inquiry Officer or Inquiry Committee, he shall-
- by order in writing, inform the accused of the action proposed to be taken in regard to him and the grounds of the action; and
- give him a reasonable opportunity of showing cause against that action:
- On receipt of the report of the Inquiry Officer or Inquiry Committee or, where no such Officer or Committee is appointed, on receipt of the explanation of the accused, if any, the authorised officer shall determine whether the charge has been proved. If it is proposed to impose a minor penalty he shall pass orders accordingly. If it is proposed to impose a major penalty, he shall forward the case to the authority along with the charge and statement of allegations served on the accused, the explanation of the accused, the findings of the Inquiry Officer or Inquiry Committee, if appointed, and his own recommendations regarding the penalty to be imposed. The authority shall pass such orders as it may deem proper.