In interim relief for ten women naval officers who had moved the apex court for grant of permanent commission but were scheduled to be released from service on December 31 , the Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the order of release from service.
A vacation bench comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Aniruddha Bose granted the interim relief after hearing submissions of senior advocate Meenaskshi Arora, who was representing the women officers.
"In the meanwhile, there will be a stay on order of December 18 (on release/retirement of women officers)," it said, adding that the Central government and the Navy chief can file their responses on the pleas of the women officers.
The top court scheduled the matter for further hearing on January 19 along with pending writ petitions.
It, however, noted that the interim order would not result in any equity in favour of the women officers.