A division bench headed by Chief Justice L Narasimha Reddy ordered the probe on the petition of Ranjit Pandit and asked for an investigation report within four weeks.

Senior lawyer Dinu Kumar, who appeared for Pandit, said the court has asked the director of state vigilance to complete the verification of degrees and certificates of teachers recruited by the state government from 2006 till date.

"In view of the next Bihar Assembly polls later this year, the state government was not taking action against the teachers, who used fake degrees to get jobs," he said.

The petition was filed in the High Court last year seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the recruitment of 40,000 teachers who allegedly used fake degree certificates to get jobs in government schools.

The petitioner said he has collected documents as evidence through Right to Information (RTI) queries to prove that thousands of teachers used forged degrees to get jobs in government schools in Bihar.

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