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The Madhya Pradesh government today extended by three months the term of the single-member judicial commission, set up to probe the daring jailbreak by eight Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) operatives last year. This is the second extension that the commission has received. Madhya Pradesh Finance Minister Jayant Malaiya said the decision to give the extension was taken in the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. "The term of the single-member judicial commission probing the escape of SIMI operatives from Bhopal's central jail, has been further extended for a period of three months. The term of this commission was scheduled to end next month (on August 7).
Now, the commission's tenure has been extended up to November 6," Malaiya said after the cabinet meeting today. On November 7 last year, the state government had appointed retired high court judge S K Pandey to probe the daring jailbreak by eight activists of the banned SIMI. Initially, this single-member commission had been told to complete the probe within three months and submit its report to the state government. The eight SIMI undertrials had pulled off an audacious escape from the high-security Central Jail of Bhopal on the intervening night of October 30-31 last year after killing a guard. Police, however, gunned them down in an alleged encounter on the outskirts of Bhopal within hours of jailbreak.