Chetan Bhagat accused of Plagiarism, Court stalls Sale of his New novel

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A civil court here granted temporary injunction holding back author Chetan Bhagat from selling his book `One Indian Girl’ on Tuesday following a city-based writer’s suit claiming that the work was a copy of one of her short stories, `Drawing Parallels’ from her book, `Life, Odds & Ends’.

Anvita Bajpai, an IIT and IIM graduate and a writer, had filed an original suit seeking a permanent injunction restraining Bhagat and his publisher from selling his recent book and also claimed damages of Rs 1 lakh. After hearing the advocate for Bajpai, the court passed a temporary injunction order on April 19 until the next hearing.

Speaking to TOI, Anvita said: “It all began in 2014 when Chetan Bhagat had come to Bangalore Literature Festival where I met him and gave him a copy of my book for review.

“My story is centred on a woman -feminist, non-con ventional, adventurously de viant especially in matters of relationships with the oppo site sex -who settles down in her third relationship by fin ding a balance for her family and other aspirations. This has been intelligently copied in One Indian GirlBhagat’s recent novel which got pub lished in 2016.”

Anvita had sent a legal notice to Chetan Bhagat on February 22, asking him to withdraw the book and pay a sum of Rs 5 lakh towards damages. The following day , Bhagat replied to her denying all allegations and stating that `One Indian Girl’ was a totally different story and not based on Anvita’s short story .

“After I found out about the plagiarism, I spoke with my lawyer and publisher and took necessary steps to claim by intellectual authority ,” added Anvita.

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