Maruti Suzuki case: 13 given life imprisonment for violence

Pierre Vaugeois
Mars 20, 2017

A local Gurgaon court on Saturday awarded life sentence to 13 of the murder accused in the 2012 Manesar Maruti violence case. In the case of 13 who got life imprisonment, it would be for reducing the punishment, while those who have to serve one more year in jail, it would be for their immediate release, they said. Thirteen of the accused were held guilty of murder while the remaining 18 were convicted of violence, rioting and other offences.

The police had arrested 148 workers in connection with the murder, whereas 62 others could not be arrested and have been declared proclaimed offenders. The accused were sentenced in connection to the murder of a Maruti Suzuki manager, killed following violence and rioting in Maruti's Manesar plant in 2012. Four of them were sentenced to five years imprisonment. Taking strong exception to the prosecution's final arguments which led to the rejection of bail for workers and favoured death penalty, the statement said, it "talked of the need of restoring "confidence" of capital, and the Prime Minister's initiative of inviting global investors for "Make in India'".

The court had convicted 31 workers on March 10, while 117 others were acquitted. There is no evidence to link the involvement of the workers to the murder and it is important to remember that all those who have been convicted were union leaders.Therefore, it is clear case of 'target-framin. Security arrangements have also been beefed up at offices and plants of Maruti Suzuki. "So while some people who were present on the first floor, where the fire incident took place, were convicted, the others were not even present there". They will be released with a fine. Dozens of managers and executives were also injured with several suffering broken bones, the company had said at the time. We are confident of securing justice from the superior court.

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