Ranchi:  The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday informed the Jharkhand High Court that 177 officials of the Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) are facing criminal charges against them. The CBI submitted the facts before the bench of acting Chief Justice Prakash Tatiya and HC Mishra while the hearing of a petition was filed by Madhusudan Mittal against JSEB.

The investigating agency sought three months time from the High Court for completing investigation as unavailability of the CAG officials is delaying their probe.

CBI informed the court that the initial investigations clearly show that the board officials are deeply involved in scams and have favoured their relatives in several ways.

The agency also disclosed that under the tenure of a former Chief Minister, a company’s dues worth crores were waived wrongfully.

The division bench ordered the JSEB and the state government to ensure uninterrupted power supply across the state. The bench observed that the issue is pending for the last 10 years and thus the Board cannot shy away from its obligations and must try to provide regular supply of power to the state.

The court suggested that the board and the government should work out alternatives means to generate power if the Tenughat Vidyut Nigam Limited (TVNL) has been unable to meet the requirement.