The renowned Indian Author Chetan Bhagat denied the case of plagiarism, which is filed against him on his book “One Indian Girl” by an author from Bengaluru. An author by the name of Anvita Bajpai has filed a lawsuit at Bengaluru court and due to this the sales of the book is on hold for now.
According to Anvita, “Characters, places and flow of the emotions” of Chetan’s book have been copied from one of her books named as “Life, Odds and Ends”.
While talking to IANS, Chetan said – “I am not so foolish to copy anything from a published work. The court is yet to hear me. That is absolutely a bogus case… A false allegation. She went to the court and filed a case just before the court goes to summer vacation. So it is taking time, but once the court hears me, truth will come out.” In short, he said it was a false allegation.
On 22nd of February, author Anvita had sent a legal notice to Bhagat claiming Rs. 500,000 as damage and at the same time she asked him to withdraw his book “One Indian Girl”. According to her, the main character of Chetan’s book is similar to one of the characters in her short stories “Drawing Parallels”, but Chetan in his defence said – “I haven’t read any book written by Anvita Bajpai, thus this is my own story.”
Chetan added – “Plagiarism is a serious charge and if I have done that, by now screen shots of her work and my work would be all over the places on social media. The charge (of plagiarism) is absolutely baseless. I am in the middle of a film release (‘Half Girlfriend’ which is based on his eponymous book), so I am suffering… But what to do?”
Further, he said his legal team will address it and for sure he will come out of the case with a victory.
Last time, Chetan Bhagat was in the social media for his controversial statement on criticism and also for commenting on the work of historians.