By: Meghna Yelluru
The Aam Aadmi Party Friday told the Bombay High Court that they did not use terms such as “fraud or illegal” referring to Reliance Infrastructure (R-Infra), as alleged in a Rs 100 crore defamation suit filed against the political party by the company.
Arguing for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), senior counsel Aspi Chinoy, informed Justice Kathawalla that his clients’ allegations were “based on Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission records and investigation reports.”
Chinoy represented AAP’s Anjali Damania, Preeti Sharma Menon and Satish Jain, who were asked to be present in court.
R-Infra’s counsel Venkatesh Dhond sought time till March 10 to submit a draft ammendment to their suit as they had found additional material to strengthen their case against AAP.
The court allowed R-Infra to amend its suit, and directed the AAP to respond to it in two weeks thereafter.
The court, however, sought the presence of all parties, including the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission before taking a decision regarding R-Infra’s plea to restrain the political party from making public statements claiming the involvement of its chairman Anil Ambani in the alleged “Mahagenco Ka Maha Power (Pawar) Ghotala” or the Power Scam.
“Why aren’t all the people present? Let the regulators come here”, said Justice Kathawalla.
In a suit filed earlier this week, R-Infra had stated that the claims made by AAP to gain “political mileage” were “false, malicious, incorrect and defamatory”.
In a press conference held in February, members of AAP had accused R-Infra and Tata Power of wrongfully gaining Rs 434 crore in the last three years by overstating taxes while calculating costs.