Six months after its release, Chetan Bhagat’s latest book One Indian Girl has been termed as an ‘intelligent copy’ of a story written by Bengaluru based author Anvita Bajpai. The court has ordered a temporary injunction staying the sale of the book on charges of plagiarism. On Monday, Bajpai shared the court order on her Facebook page stating that One Indian Girl was a copy of a story called Drawing Parallels’ from the book ‘Life, Odds & Ends’. Writer Chetan Bhagat has been accused of plagiarism by a Bengaluru-based author. She has filed a lawsuit granting temporary injunction restraining sales of Mr Bhagat’s new book ‘One Indian Girl’. Mr Bhagat has denied the charges of plagiarism. “My stories are always original – including ‘One Indian Girl’ – and it is unthinkable for me to do anything like what is suggested,” Mr Bhagat added. He further described the controversy as a “misunderstanding” and stated that his publisher’s legal team will be taking necessary steps to mitigate the circumstance. The University of Delhi decided to include Chetan Bhagat’s debut novel ‘Five Point Someone’ in its English curriculum for undergraduates.
“I had filed an original suit seeking a permanent injunction restraining Chetan Bhagat and the publisher from selling ‘One Indian Girl’ and also sought damages worth Rs. 1 lakh. The court has granted a temporary injunction restricting the sales,” said Bengaluru-based Anvita Bajpai, in a Facebook post. Ms Bajpai, like Mr Bhagat, is an alumnus of IIT and IIM.
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By: Shubham sharma