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Dear All, Please clarify me difference between show-Cause and Chargesheet. Regards. Rakesh Sinha
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I shall quote a previous reply posted in citeHR/230580 on the same subject.
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Subject - Re: Difference between Charge sheet and show cause Notice
Hi Rajesh,
Once you got the information that a particular / Group of employees involved in any indiscipline activity then framing all the charges under the Model / certified standing orders applicable to the organization the charge sheet will be issued asking the individual employee to submit his explanation with in 48 hrs / 2days / 3 days etc., hence the process starts with Charge sheet.
Once the management is not satisfied with the explanation of the employee then they can call for a Domestic enquiry, once the enquiry is completed and the enquiry submitted his findings to the management and basing on the report submitted / finindings of the enquiry officer's the management will issue Show cause notice to the employee mentioning the proposed punishment, even if it is a major / capital punishment the management will issue a second show cause notice also giving more opportunity to the employee. Hence all put together the charge sheet is the begining and followed (if required only) show cause notice.
I feel that you are clear or else send me your doubts if any to my ID so that I can clarify or else I can talk to you if it is possible for you to send your mobile no aslo.
Regards - kameswarao

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Abbas.P.S
But as far as I know, The first step is the Show cause notice in which we ask for an explanation and when charges are prooved there is a chargesheet issued...can you please clarify my doubt?

Subject - Re: Difference between Charge sheet and show cause Notice
Hi Rajesh,
Once you got the information that a particular / Group of employees involved in any indiscipline activity then framing all the charges under the Model / certified standing orders applicable to the organization the charge sheet will be issued asking the individual employee to submit his explanation with in 48 hrs / 2days / 3 days etc., hence the process starts with Charge sheet.
Once the management is not satisfied with the explanation of the employee then they can call for a Domestic enquiry, once the enquiry is completed and the enquiry submitted his findings to the management and basing on the report submitted / finindings of the enquiry officer's the management will issue Show cause notice to the employee mentioning the proposed punishment, even if it is a major / capital punishment the management will issue a second show cause notice also giving more opportunity to the employee. Hence all put together the charge sheet is the begining and followed (if required only) show cause notice.
I feel that you are clear or else send me your doubts if any to my ID so that I can clarify or else I can talk to you if it is possible for you to send your mobile no aslo.
Regards - kameswarao

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Abbas.P.S[/QUOTE]
Lohiya...You are correct.
1. The first process in any disciplinary issue is to issue a Show Cause notice and ask for an explanation from the employee as to what or why an incident has happened.
2. Only after the employee replies to the notice can action be taking according to the Companies policies.
3. Please not that no action can be taken against any employ before the reply of the show cause comes in...(exceptions do exist)
Regards
SF
For all practical purposes, the Show Cause Notice and / or Charge Sheet or Explanation Letter are one and the same.

A Show Cause Notice contains the alleged act of misconduct and are issued under the signature and the office seal of the appropriate Punishing Authority.

Likewise, charge sheet contains the alleged act of misconduct and are issued under the signature and the office seal of the appropriate Punishing Authority.

Further, technically the Explanation Letter is also like the Show Cause Notice. The only minor distinction is that in some establishment, explanation letter is issued to non-worker cadre whereas show cause and charge sheet is issued to worker cadre.

it is inappropriate to make a distinction between Show Cause notice and charge sheet and consequently unnecessary invest in time, energy and efforts in routinely following sequential steps of first issuing a show cause and then issue a charge sheet.

Initiating disciplinary action has to be based on 3 time tested concept of fairness, reasonableness and propriety.

Thanks & Best Wishes

Harsh Kumar Sharan (XLRI Alumnus)
Head - Executive Coaching & Training, IR Expert
Kritarth Consulting (P) Ltd.
New Delhi
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Dear Surya Kiran,

In simple words, a show cause notice to any employee is just a part of preliminary investigation to know whether there is any element of misconduct on the part of the employee or not, or even someone else, in a particular job/task/action of the employee. In reply to the show cause notice, the employee is desired to show the reason justifying his action, why disciplinary action (by issue of charge sheet) should not be initiated against him for that act, as considered to be a misconduct on the part of the employee.

On the other hand, a charge sheet is issued when during the course of preliminary investigation, after receipt of the clarification of the employee in reply to the show cause notice, the disciplinary authority arrives at the opinion that the employee has committed a misconduct, as per the Rules & procedure of the organisation, or in violation of any law of the land.

PS Dhingra
Management & Vigilance Consultant
Dhingra Group of Consultants
New Delhi
[dcgroup1962@gmail.com]

Dear Surya Kiran
show-cause-Notice is just a prelude before issuing the Charge-sheet. It gives an opportunity to both the parties to come at a conclusion i.e. either side to justify their act, it may be proving what he has done was not wrong and for management what is proposed in the charge-sheet is not wrong. SCN may not be specific but the Charges and the imputation must be very specific relevant and worth proving on the basis of Evidence. The replies of SCN can very well be relied upon dg enquiry as admission/confession.
Ex Chief Vigilance Inspector Western Railway.
Dear Surya Kiran
Sub: -Re Difference between show-cause and chargesheet
My understanding is that
Showcause notice is issued to the delinquent,in all cases to be dealt for seeking Explanation and to provide fair chance as per the laid down procedures/rules and regulations giveout his point of view on the issue [wrongdoing]. I.E ...... " Please showcause why discplinary action cannot be taken against you for misappriation of company money".........
Once the explanation is sought from the delinquent and authorities are convinced that a prima facia case exists against the person,& he deserves to be punished ,then a Charge sheet is prepared Listing the offences commited under the provisins of Acts ,Rules & Regulation and handed over to proceed against the person in accordance with the law of the land and punishment is awarded based on the degree of offence commited
G.Nijampure
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