The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to file in two weeks a comprehensive report on the status of its probe into the killings of Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad, spokesperson of Communist Party of India (Maoist), and journalist Hemchandra Pandey by the Andhra Pradesh police on the night of July 1, 2010.

A Bench of Justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Desai made it clear that the CBI should submit a progress report, even though a report was submitted by counsel that the probe would be completed in January next.

The Bench had in April this year ordered the CBI probe.

According to the petitioners, Swami Agnivesh and Bineeta Pandey, wife of Hemchandra Pandey, the post mortem reports clearly indicated that it was not a genuine encounter.