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SC relief for 166 officers

New Delhi, Aug.7: Supreme Court today stayed a Jharkhand High Court order directing 166 state officers posted in various departments to stop work till the CBI concluded its investigations into alleged irregularities committed by JPSC while recruiting them in 2008.

This means that not only can the officers join work, they will also be paid for their services till the case is resolved.

“This stay was very important as this means they will be also paid all their dues since 2008,” said Prakash Kumar Singh, lawyer for the officers. “If this didn’t happen, then till the time the investigation was on, they would not have received their pay and some could have even lost their jobs.”

The apex court bench comprising Justice A.K. Patnaik and Justice Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhyaya also directed the state government to file a counter affidavit in three weeks to explain its position.

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