Agriculture (Amendment) Act, 1944

Suspension of officers.

9.—(1) Whenever in respect of the holder of an office under a committee of agriculture there is, in the opinion of such committee or of the Minister, reason to believe that such holder has failed to perform satisfactorily the duties of such office or has misconducted himself in relation to such office or is otherwise unfit to hold such office, such committee or the Minister (as the case may be) may suspend such holder from the performance of the duties of such office while such alleged failure, misconduct, or unfitness is being inquired into and the disciplinary action (if any) to be taken in regard thereto is being determined and such inquiry shall be held as soon as conveniently may be after the date of such suspension.

(2) The Minister may terminate a suspension under this section and every such suspension shall continue until so terminated.

(3) Whenever the holder of an office under a committee of agriculture is suspended under this section, he shall forthwith hand over to such committee all books, deeds, contracts, accounts, vouchers, maps, plans and other documents in his possession, custody, or control which relate to such office.

(4) The holder of an office who is suspended under this section shall not be paid any remuneration in respect of such office during the continuance of his suspension and, upon the termination of his suspension, the remuneration which he would, had he not been suspended, have been paid during the period of suspension shall be wholly or partly forfeited, or paid to him, or otherwise disposed of, as the Minister shall direct.

(5) Section 11 of the Local Authorities (Officers and Employees) Act, 1926 (No. 39 of 1926), shall cease to have effect in relation to officers and servants of committees of agriculture.