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SC stays Calcutta HC order invalidating appointment of over 25,000 jobs

The top court, however, asked the CBI not to take any precipitate action like arresting a suspect during the investigation.

Supreme CourtNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the Calcutta High Court order invalidating the appointment of 25,753 teachers and non-teaching staff made by the state’s School Service Commission (SSC) in state-run and state-aided schools.

The apex court, however, said that the CBI would continue its investigation into the scam but not take any coercive steps or actions against candidates or state govt officials.

A bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra, however, permitted the CBI to continue with its investigation and probe even members of the state cabinet.

The top court, however, asked the CBI not to take any precipitate action like arresting a suspect during the investigation.

The apex court allowed conditional interim protection of the previous order; and said that the salaries of the illegal appointees were directed to be refunded, subject to the outcome of the case.

The apex court fixed the matter for further hearing on July 16. The earlier order of this court with regard to the above shall continue, it said.

During the hearing, the apex court termed the alleged recruitment scam in West Bengal as “systemic fraud”, and said that the authorities were duty-bound to maintain the digitised records pertaining to the appointment of 25,753 teachers and non-teaching staff.

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