TFL has sought more time to file a rejoinder before the Mumbai High Court to counter the affidavits filed by the defendants in the civil case. The court has given a new date for the hearing, which was to take place on September 9. When contacted, a senior Tata group official said, There was a considerable delay in the filing of the affidavits in reply by all the defendants. In fact, the last affidavit came just a few days ago. As a result, TFL needed more time to file its rejoinder. The High Court has granted the companys request.
A TFL spokesperson had earlier stated: We wish to say that TFL is issuing a comprehensive rejoinder to the various affidavits filed by the defendants before the Honorable Mumbai High Court which will expose, the false and unmeritorious nature of many of the plaints made by Mr Pendse and others. TFL had filed a civil case against Mr Pendse and others, seeking damages of Rs 424 crore. Prime defendant in the civil suit against 25 individuals and organisations, Mr Pendse had filed his affidavit earlier this month.
Mr Pendse had filed an affidavit giving his side of the story to the courts. The ex-TFL managing director had been the prime accused in the TFL fiasco, wherein the company had accused him of criminal breach of trust, forgery, falsification of accounts and cheating.
TFL had filed a case with the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai Police in this regard.