Terming the suit seeking Rs 2.5 crore damages as frivolous, Coca Cola Company seeks dismissal of the complaint saying it is an attempt to extract money.
Coca Cola company filing a reply to a petition filed by Shikha Monga, a Panchkula resident, seeking Rs 2.5 crore damages from the company for not arranging the promised dinner with actor Hrithik Roshan, company alleged the complainant of misusing the process of law to maliciously target the company because of its international repute.
Company denying the harassment said, "Shikha Monga instead of availing the offer of prize is ill advised to pursue false litigation without any cause. Arranging a meeting with the celebrity was committed but the same had to be organised keeping in mind various professional commitments and availability of time of the said celebrity," company said.
"When the meeting could be organised, it was communicated to Monga but she seemed to entertain other unjustified intentions. The present suit is baseless and intended only to harass and for unjust enrichment," added company in its reply.
Talking to HT, complainant's father Ravi Monga, said, "The company has made false allegations and they never met their promises made by the company to my daughter."
In 2000, the complainant was around 18-year-old when she won a Coca Cola contest that promised a romantic dinner with actor Hrithik Roshan. Since the date never happened, now aged 33, Shikha, who felt cheated and mentally harassed, hopes to get justice from the Chandigarh district court. The complainant has claimed that the contest was part of Coca Cola Limited's promotional programme in 2000 when Hrithik's movie "Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai" was released.
Prizes were announced at the back of the crown of the cola bottles. At that time, the complainant was a student of Government College for Girls, Chandigarh, and had spent her pocket money buying cola bottles for the first prize, which she won on May 22, 2000.
As per Monga, when she claimed the prize at the Coca Cola's marketing office in the city's industrial area, the manager offered her `5 lakh instead, which she declined and insisted on the dinner date with Hrithik. But, the cola giant did not keep its word. The company did not reply to her letters either, forcing her to move the court in 2003.
She further complained of facing embarrassment among her friends and relatives as she was labeled as a liar. The court has put the soft drink major on notice as she seeks Rs 2.5 crore in damages. Civil judge (senior division) KK Jain has issued the notice on a 12-year-old application by Shikha filed by her on June 6, 2003.