On the 21st of July when the matter was once again listed, the Registrar noted that Respondents No. 5 & 7 had once again delayed filed their replies to the SLP filed by Novartis. Respondents No. 5 & No.7 are Natco Pharma Ltd. & Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., respectively. The Registrar further noted that it had been seven months since notice had been issued to the Respondents and also that an extension had already been granted during a hearing on the 22nd of April, 2010. Refusing to give another extension the Registrar has ordered the matter to be listed before a Bench of the Supreme Court. The Respondents still have to time file the replies until the date of hearing.
The next date of hearing before the SC Bench is to be notified.
It is not exactly clear as to why these parties are delaying the matter especially since, one of them, Natco Pharma Ltd., has already filed a counter-appeal to Novartis’s SLP. Ranbaxy’s delay in filing a reply is suspicious especially given the high stakes involved. Please do feel free to speculate, in the comments section, as to the reason for this delay.