The top court made these observations while hearing the CBI and Ministry of Home Affairs' plea against Mohammad Altaf and Sheikh Mubarak, both belonging to Jammu and Kashmir.
The arguments over framing of charges against the five accused - Dr Virendrasinh Tawde, Sharad Kalaskar, Sachin Andure, Sanjeev Punalekar and Vikram Bhave - began before additional sessions judge S R Navandar on Friday.
A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to have a discussion with the Directors of the CBI and the ED to find out if they require additional manpower to complete investigation in a time-bound manner.
The submission was made by the lawyer appearing for the two Maldivian nationals after arguments were over from the side of the three former Kerala police officers and a retired IB officer in their anticipatory bail pleas.
During his stint in the CBI, Verma, a 1979-batch (retired) Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, was engaged in a bitter fight with Gujarat-cadre IPS officer and his deputy Rakesh Asthana over corruption charges.