ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Punjab government to let the sacked employees of its prosecution department continue their jobs till the final decision of main petition pending before the larger bench of the Lahore High Court. A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry comprising Justice Ch Ijaz Ahmad and Justice Jawwad S Khawaja heard the case. The Punjab government had appointed 827 law officers in the prosecution department in 2007 till the appointment of permanent law officers by the Punjab Public Service Commission. Later, a committee was constituted to interview the said officers. The committee failed 488 officers, who moved the Lahore High Court against the committees decision. Meanwhile, the Punjab Public Service Commission recommended law officers for appointment in the prosecution department. The Lahore High Court directed the Punjab government to terminate services of ad-hoc law officers on first come, first go basis, after which the Punjab government sacked 488 law officers including the six who had passed the interview. The six law officers including Malik Sajid, Iqbal Bhatti, Hafiz Abid, Naveed Malik, Manzoor Hussain and Khurram Shehzad moved the Supreme Court against the decision of the Lahore High Court. On Wednesday, counsel for the petitioners Advocate A K Dogar and Additional Advocate General Punjab Khadim Hussain Qaiser appeared before the court. A K Dogar contended before the court that termination of services of his clients on first come, first go basis was against the constitution and prayed that his clients should be reinstated on their posts. The court directed the Punjab government to let the said law officers continue their jobs but directed that they would not demand remuneration until the decision of the main petition pending before the Lahore High Court. The court also directed the LHC to dispose off the case within two months.