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The Supreme Court on Friday granted two more months to SIT to complete its probe into 186 cases of 1984 anti-Sikh riots.The SC issued notice on plea seeking inquiry into role of 62 policemen named in 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

A bench comprising Justices  S A Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer extended the time after the SIT informed it that more than 50 per cent of the work has been done and it wanted two more months to complete the investigation.

The  court had last year appointed a Special Investigation Team (SIT), to further investigate 186 cases in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The apex court decided to independently investigate these cases after an earlier SIT appointed by the Centre closed them.On August 16 last year, the SC decided to independently examine the investigation records of the 241 cases and confirm that there was nothing more to do on them. total of 3,325 people were killed in the 1984 riots in which Delhi alone accounted for 2,733 deaths, while the rest occurred in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and other States.

The government SIT was set up on February 12, 2015, following a recommendation by the Home Ministry-appointed Justice (retd) G.P. Mathur committee. This SIT was headed by Pramod Asthana, an IPS officer of the 1986 batch. It had Rakesh Kapoor, a retired District and Sessions judge, and Kumar Gyanesh, an additional deputy commissioner

–India legal Bureau

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