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20. Powers of the Inquiry Committee

20. Powers of the Inquiry Committee:

(1) The Inquiry Committee may, in respect to furnish and execute the notice to the judge of High Court or
District Court against whom the act of enquiry is conducted, to record the statement, inquire witness and examine evidence thereof, exercise the power equivalent to the commission formatted pursuant to Enquiry Commission
Act, 2026 (1969).
(2) Act and proceedings of the Inquiry Committee to be conducted in accordance with this Section shall be confidential.
(3) The Inquiry Committee shall not give permission to any other person, excluding the judge who has been charged, concerned lawyer and the complainant, to be present or take part in at the place where the proceedings
of inquiry has been undertaken.
(4) The Inquiry Committee may impose fine up to three thousand rupees or
imprisonment for one month or both for the person disobeying order issued
by the Inquiry Committee or creating hindrance in the proceedings of inquiry.
(5) Before issuing order to impose punishment by the Enquiry Committee in
accordance with Sub-Section (4), the concerned person can pray before the
Enquiry Committee to give pardon. The Enquiry Committee may not, if it is
satisfied with the act of apology, impose any punishment to such person.
(6) The Enquiry Committee may, if the person against whom punishment has
been imposed in accordance with Sub-Section (4) apologizes before the
Enquiry Committee by making satisfaction to the Enquiry Committee, may
not execute the punishment imposed by the Committee itself.
(7) The Inquiry Committee shall, after completion of the act of inquiries, give
report of such inquiry including its opinion and related documents to the
Secretariat of Judicial Council


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