The Bombay High Court Friday sought the response of Shapoorji Pallonji Pvt Ltd in a petition filed by managing trustee of Tata Trusts R Venkatramanan seeking to quash a notice issued by a lower court in a defamation complaint lodged against him by the company.
Justice Mridula Bhatkar Friday directed the company to file its affidavit and posted Venkatramanan's petition for hearing on December 17.
The statement was issued after the CBI lodged an FIR against Venkatramanan and others in the AirAsia alleged corruption case.
Venkatramanan, who is also a director with AirAsia India Ltd, in the press statement had refuted the allegations levelled against him.
He had further claimed that the FIR contained charges which he believes stem from the malicious and defamatory allegations made by former Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry and Shapoorji Pallonji Pvt Ltd in their pleadings before the National Company Law Tribunal.
"Only a person who has directly or indirectly suffered his or her own reputation can move the court and file a complaint," it said.
The petition claimed the company has failed to show as to how it is a party aggrieved by the alleged defamatory press statement.
The petition has sought the high court's direction to quash and set aside the magistrate's order issuing process against Venkatramanan.
(With inputs from agencies.)