India's leading IT firm Infosys has agreed in the Rajasthan High Court to
pay Rs.20 lakh as compensation to Rashid Husain, an IT Engineer, whom it sacked
after he was detained in the 2008 Jaipur blasts.
Rashid Husain was detained by the Jaipur police for questioning in connection with the serial blasts
that killed around 60 people on 13th May 2008. He was neither arrested, nor
charge-sheeted for the blasts.
Infosys however terminated him within
weeks of the detention without issuing any show-cause notice and
without giving him an opportunity to defend.
He was kept in detention for 10 days
and was later released as no evidence against him was found.
Rashid Husain challenged the termination order in the local labor
court in August 2008. After three years of hearing, the labor
court delivered judgment in his favor in March 2011.
According to Rashid's counsel Prem
Kishan Sharma, the court had observed there were "mala fide"
intentions behind his termination.
"The applicant was not offered any
opportunity to explain or give evidence on charges levelled
against him about concealment of facts and submission of wrong
"The termination is in violation of the Rajasthan Shops and
Commercial Establishment Act, 1958. Therefore, he is entitled to
be reinstated in service," the order had said.
Infosys moved the Rajasthan High
Court in April 2011 against the labor court judgment. But, the company agreed
after 20 months in the High Court to pay a compensation of Rs.20 lakh to
the sacked engineer.
After the settlement between Infosys
and Husain, the High Court disposed of the case on 21st Jan 2013.