Prosecution has produced only one witness and even he has notrecognised the two workers as a part of the attacking mob: defence

The Supreme Court on Friday allowed bail to two of the 147

jailed Maruti Suzuki workers in custody in connection with the

violence at the car manufacturer’s Manesar plant in Haryana where a

senior executive was burnt alive in 2012.

A Bench of Justices M.B. Lokur and U.U. Lalit granted bail to Sunil

Kumar and Kanwaljeet Singh, natives of Jhajjar and Hisar districts.

They had moved the Supreme Court after the Punjab and Haryana High

Court dismissed their bail application in a case in which they also

face a murder charge for the killing of Human Resources Manager Awanish

Kumar Dev.

During the hearing, Advocate Vrinda Grover, appearing for the

petitioners, contended that the prosecution failed to produce even a

single witness against them.

“Prosecution has produced only one witness and even he has not

recognised them as a part of the attacking mob. There is no evidence

against them,” Ms. Grover said.

The apex court had on January 30 given two weeks to the Haryana

government to respond as to why the workers should not be granted


The Punjab and Haryana High court had rejected their bail observing:

“The incident is a most unfortunate occurrence which has lowered the

reputation of India in the estimation of the world. Foreign investors

are not likely to invest money in India out of fear of labour unrest.”