STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 3 September
The CBI today said its senior officials, including the chief investigating officer of the 2G spectrum case, were working on the chargesheet, which has to be filed in connection with the Aircel-Maxis deal, on the Supreme Court’s directions.
 The said statement came from the special public prosecutor U U Lalit before the court of Special CBI Judge O P Saini, while opposing the pleas of accused, including former Telecom Minister A Raja, seeking deferment of cross-examination of all the investigating officers (IOs) in the case till conclusion of their examination-in-chief.
 "Mr Vivek Priyadarshi (SP, CBI) and S K Sinha (Dy SP, CBI) are working on the new chargesheet (in Aircel-Maxis deal) on the Supreme Court’s direction… It is true that Priyadarshi is the chief investigating officer (IO) in the case. At this juncture, I cannot produce Priyadarshi in the dock as he is busy working on the chargesheet. The Supreme Court’s order is binding on us," said Mr Lalit, while countering the submissions of the defence counsel that Priyadarshi be cross examined first during the trial.
 Earlier, on 1 August, the Supreme Court had expressed concern over "very tardy progress in the probe of the case" allegedly involving former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, while granting two months time to wrap up procedure for filing of the chargesheet.
 Also, the apex court had asked the investigating agency to file the final report irrespective of whether the Malaysian authorities provide details on the controversial deal or not.