The Mumbai crime branch on Friday got an extension of 30 days from the special court to file the charge sheet in journalist J Dey’s murder case.
The police had moved an application before the special MCOCA court seeking an extension of 45 days.
The application stated that they need more time to look into “fresh developments in the case”, following media reports about the involvement of a journalist.
Dey, a senior crime reporter with the tabloid, Mid Day, was shot dead in daylight on June 11 by four motorcycle-borne men in Powai.
During investigations, the police arrested 10 accused, including Rohee Thangappan Joseph alias Satish Kalia and his associates, all members of the Chhota Rajan gang.
Appearing for one of the accused, advocate Sudip Pasbola argued that the police should submit a proper report on why the court should grant the extension as they had already got one extension in September.
Dilip Shah, additional public prosecutor, said there was no need to give notice to all 10 accused for seeking the extension as the notice was served to the advocate as well as the jail authorities.
As far as the bail application is concerned, four of the accused have not signed them, which makes them ineligible for bail, Shah said, adding that he is ready to argue the case if the court feels bail needs to be granted.
However, special judge SM Modak said he was satisfied with the reason the police have given as at this stage it would be premature to say where the investigation is headed.
The court has also extended the judicial custody of all 10 accused till November 18; the police had earlier urged the court to keep the accused in judicial custody and not grant them bail.
The court granted the first extension for 45 days on September 24.