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Finally, 77 Maruti workers get bail after 3-year wait

A local court on Tuesday granted bail to 77 of the 145 Maruti Suzuki India Limited workers, who were arrested by Gurgaon Police in the wake of death of company HR manager Avinesh Dev during arson and rioting in the plant in 2012. The Supreme Court had earlier granted bail to two workers in February, out of the total 147 arrested workers, after 31 months of their arrests. On the same ground, senior Supreme Court lawyer Vrinda Grover and local counsel Monu Kuhar had argued in the court on 11 March in the court.

The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge S K Khanduja pronounced its judgement on Tuesday.  In an incident that sent shivers down the spine of corporate India Maruti Suzuki’s General Manager Human Resources Avinesh Dev was burned to death in the violence in its car plant allegedly triggered by workers in July 2012 for which nearly 100 workers were then arrested. The company had alleged that the violence was an orchestrated act of mob, which has implications beyond one company or region.

After the incident at the Maruti Suzuki plant located at Manesar, around 25 km away from here, the management had terminated services of 550 permanent and over 1800 contract workers.
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