The quantum of sentence in a case of violence and rioting at Maruti Suzuki plant at Manesar, 20 kms from Gurgaon city, will be delivered on Saturday at 4 pm.
After arguments of the prosecution and the defence over quantum of punishment concluded, the court of additional district and sessions judge RP Goyal on Friday reserved its order.
Thirty one workers were convicted and 117 acquitted on March 10. Thirteen accused were held guilty of murder whereas 18 were convicted of rioting and other crimes under various sections of the IPC.
Awanish Kumar Dev, general manager (human resources) of Maruti Suzuki, was burned to death and several executives injured in the violence in the car plant allegedly triggered by workers on July 18, 2012. The police had arrested 148 workers in connection with the murder, whereas 62 others could not be arrested and have been declared proclaimed offenders.
Violence was triggered after tussle between workers and the management over various demands including registration of a trade union at Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki.
The prosecution demanded capital punishment for the accused citing it to be a rarest of the rare cases. “The victim Awanish Kumar Dev was beaten brutally and he could not escape from fire because of the injuries inflicted by the accused”, said district attorney Lal Singh.
Defence lawyers Rebecca John and Vrinda Grover sought release of 18 accused and opposed death sentence for the 13 murder accused. The arguments verdict was announced in the court of additional district and sessions judge RP Goyal here on Friday amid heavy police presence. Administration had imposed section 144 in the district court premises.
The accused held guilty for murder and related charges included Ram Mehar, Sandeep Dhillon, Ramvilas, Sarabjit Singh, Pavan Kumar, Sohan Kumar, Pradip Kumar, Ajmer Singh, Jia Lal, Amarjeet Kapoor, Dhanraj Bhambi, Yogesh Kumar and Pradeep Gujjar.
They have been held guilt for under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 436 (rioting), 427 (destruction of property), and 325 (mischief) of the IPC.
Eighteen others were convicted under various sections for voluntary causing hurt (323), destruction of property (427), rioting (147 IPC) and rioting armed with deadly weapons ( 148 IPC) and other sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC).