A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and justices R K Agrawal and Arun Mishra gave two weeks time to CBI for filing a fresh status report in the case.

The court's direction came when lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing for NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), referred to a response received under RTI, of the Civil Aviation Ministry that it cannot part with information on purchase of aircraft as CBI was looking into it.

He said Jitender Bhargava, a former director of Air India who had also written a book on the "downfall" of the carrier, had sought details on acquisition of aircraft and was told that the information cannot be parted with owing to a CBI probe.

The NGO had earlier moved to the apex court against the government and Air India seeking a CBI/SIT probe into alleged irregularities, including purchase of aircraft, and giving up of profit-making routes allegedly to private airlines during the UPA rule.

During the hearing today, the court considered the submissions of Bhushan and asked the CBI to file a report within two weeks, after the agency sought four weeks time.

Earlier, the court, in September 2012, had issued notice to the government and Air India on the plea of CPIL seeking a CBI/SIT probe into the alleged irregularities.

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