Senior counsel Aspi Chinoy representing AAP members sought time to file the reply. Justice S J Kathawalla before whom the matter came up adjourned it to April 3 after directing Reliance to file a rejoinder, if any, by March 28, to AAP's affidavit in reply.
Reliance Infrastructure filed the defamation suit against AAP over allegations of malpractices against the company's power distribution business in Mumbai. In its court papers filed last week, R-Infra said that AAP's allegations that the company was overcharging consumers through collusion were "false, misleading, incorrect, malicious and defamatory". It wants the HC to restrain AAP from repeating these and such similar allegations.
The company said it was being targeted by the newly-formed party for "political mileage."
The charges that the company was burdening tax payers, made by AAP members Anjali Damania convenor Maharashtra, Preeti Sharma Menon state secretary and Satish Jain member, state, during two media conferences last month. The company denied them completely.
Last week the HC had allowed R-Infra to amend its suit and add new material which it said would strengthen its case against AAP.