CBI today sought further time to file charge sheet against the gangster Chhota Rajan in the journalist J Dey murder case but a special court gave the agency the deadline of August five.
Special MCOCA court judge S S Adkar directed CBI to file the charge sheet latest by August 5.
Adjourning the hearing till then, the court said it would go ahead with framing of charges as per the charge sheet earlier filed by Mumbai Polices Crime Branch if the agency failed to do so.
Special Public Prosecutor Bharat Badami informed the court that the agency had got some more evidence against the wanted accused Nayan Singh Bisht, and will be annexing it to the charge sheet.
Rajan was arrested at Bali airport in Indonesia on October 25 last year and deported to India.
He is facing around 70 cases in Maharashtra, which include the J Dey murder case of 2011. The Maharashtra government has handed over all these cases to CBI.
Dey, a veteran crime reporter, was shot dead in suburban Powai on June 11, 2011, allegedly at the behest of Rajan.
According to the investigators, Rajan was upset with certain articles written by Dey about him.
The first charge sheet filed in 2011 names Satiah Kaliya, Abhijeet Shinde, Arun Dake, Sachin Gaikwad, Anil Waghmode, Nilesh Shendge, Mangesh Agawane, Vinod Asrani, Paulson Joseph and Deepak Sisodia (all arrested).
Another charge sheet was filed against journalist Jigna Vora the next year. Vora, accused of instigating Rajan against Dey owing to her own professional rivalry, is now out on bail.