Human Resources Manager Awanish Kumar Dev was burned to death in the violence in the plant of the countrys largest auto manufacturer. The quantum of punishment will be announced later in the day.
The Maruti Suzuki Workers Union said it would be present at the district court on Friday. The fire led to murder of an employee in July 2012 after initial disagreements between the employees and the management escalated the matter. "The stand of Maruti is vindicated". The legal team, Grover said, would challenge the verdict in a higher court.
More than 2,000 police personnel are stationed near sensitive areas such as the Kamla Nehru Park, Delhi, where the workers had threatened to begin protesting if it went against them. Around 150 workers were arrested, of whom 117 were found not guilty today.
Two Japanese nationals were among more than 80 people who were injured. "They have been implicated in the case and management witnesses have deposed against them because they stand for rights of workers".
Maruti Suzuki, which is majority owned by the Japanese parent company, is India's largest vehicle manufacturer with a 50% share of the country's booming auto market. He said it was not proved who set the office on fire and what the cause of fire was. A criminal conspiracy was hatched on July 18 afternoon (2012), when the workers were asked in the first shift to not return home, but to continue assembling in the plant.
The company had alleged that Dev was "burnt to death by the mob" of workers. But the claim could not be established.