Rabiya Khan, mother of the deceased actor Jiah Khan, who allegedly committed suicide in June 2013, has sought time from the Bombay High Court to file a reply to the defamation suit filed against her by Aditya Pancholi, his wife Zarina, and daughter, Sana.
Jiah, 25, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her Juhu home. The police suspected that she had committed suicide after she broke up with Sooraj Pancholi, with whom she had a live-in relationship.
Khan's lawyer Swapnil, sought time to file a reply when the suit came up for hearing on Wednesday before justice SC Gupte.
Counsels for Pancholis, Jay Prakash Sen and Prashant Patil, said that Khan had refused to accept notice on two occasions.
The HC, however, granted a week's time and kept the case for hearing on July 16.
The Pancholis have filed a defamation suit of Rs100 crore and sought restrain on Khan from further defaming them on social media.
The suit alleges that Khan, a UK national, had posted slanderous, defamatory and abusive comments on Twitter, which had put the Pancholi family in a poor light in the eyes of the society. The suit referred to 18 tweets posted by Rabiya between March 4 and May 1, which it said were defamatory to the Pancholis. It said in these 18 tweets, Rabiya had allegedly made personal comments about the three family members.
Aditya and Zarina have been associated with the film industry for 30 years and had earned goodwill in the society, says the suit. However, due to attack on them by Khan in her tweets, the family was defamed and several fans, relatives and friends are "shocked and disturbed."
The suit quantifies loss of reputation and goodwill to the Pancholi family at Rs50 crore, damages for loss of business at Rs25 crore and harassment at another Rs25 crore.
Before filing the suit, the Pancholis had sent a legal notice to Khan for allegedly making defamatory tweets to which she replied saying she stood by her statements. Khan further alleged that even the Pancholi family had been making defamatory statements against her.