The special court directed CBI to file a progress report in connection with journalist J Dey murder case of 2011 and adjourned the hearing to March 14.
Special judge for CBI cases S S Adkar sought the progress report saying it will help the court know how much more time CBI would need to complete the probe.
Meanwhile, deported gangster Chhota Rajan’s lawyer today told the court that Rajan was shown as ‘absonding’ in 68 cases in the state and he should be taken into custody in all the cases as non-bailable warrants against him were pending in these cases.
Dey, a veteran crime reporter, was shot dead in suburban Powai by motor-cycle borne assailants on June 11, 2011, allegedly at the behest of Rajan. Rajan was allegedly peeved with Dey over some articles written by the latter.
Rajan is facing around 70 cases in Maharashtra, including the J Dey murder case. Maharashtra government has handed all these cases to CBI.
Advocate Avinash Khamkhedkar, Rajan’s lawyer, also told the court that Rajan had given his voice sample to CBI (for the purpose of probe).
Rajan was deported to India after his arrest at Bali airport in Indonesia on October 25 last year.
The first charge-sheet named Satiah Kaliya, Abhijeet Shinde, Arun Dake, Sachin Gaikwad, Anil Waghmode, Nilesh Shendge, Mangesh Agawane, Vinod Asrani, Paulson Joseph and Deepak Sisodia as (arrested) accused. Another charge-sheet was filed in 2012 against journalist Jigna Vora who had allegedly instigated Rajan owing to her professional rivalry with Dey.