Punishment of subordinate officers
12. (1) Subject to the provisions of Article 135 of the Constitution and such rules as may be made by the Government in this behalf, the Police Commissioner may, by order in writing stating reasons therefore, award any one or more of the following punishments to any subordinate officer whom he finds to be guilty of disobedience, breach of discipline, misconduct, corruption, neglect of duty or remissness in discharge of any duty, or of any act rendering him unfit for the discharge of his duty, namely:-
(a) dismissal from service;
(b) removal from service;
(c) compulsory retirement;
(d) reduction in rank or grade;
(e) stoppage of promotion;
(f) forfeiture of seniority for not more than one year;
(g) forfeiture of pay and allowances for not exceeding one month;
(h) forfeiture of increment in pay;
(i) fine to any amount not exceeding one month's pay;
(j) confinement to quarter-guard for a term not exceeding thirty days;
(k) confinement to police lines for a term not exceeding thirty days with or without extra drill, extra guard, fatigue or other duty;
(m) punishment drill for two hours daily for a term not exceeding fourteen days.
Explanation.- “misconduct” means conduct prejudicial to good order or service discipline or contrary to the Government Servants (Conduct) Rules, 1966 or unbecoming an officer or gentleman.
(2) The power of punishment conferred on the Police Commissioner by sub-section (1) may also be exercisable, in the case of any subordinate officer other than an Inspector, by any superior officer not below the rank of Deputy Police Commissioner.
(3) The Police Commissioner, or any other superior officer authorised by him in this behalf, may place under suspension any subordinate officer against whom action under sub-section (1) is required to be taken or against whom any enquiry is required to be made.
(4) Nothing in sub-section (1) shall affect any police-officer's liability to a criminal prosecution or any offence with which he may be charged.