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Sale of One Indian Girl Stopped As Chetan Bhagat Faces Plagiarism Charges

The court has ordered a temporary injunction staying the sale of the book on charges of plagiarism.

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Updated:April 25, 2017, 4:29 PM IST
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Sale of One Indian Girl Stopped As Chetan Bhagat Faces Plagiarism Charges
The court has ordered a temporary injunction staying the sale of the book on charges of plagiarism.
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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'.

Bajpai states that her book released in 2014 and she had met Bhagat at the Bangalore Lit Fest the same year where she had given him a copy to write a review for it. Bhagat’s book came out in 2016 where he wrote for the first time, from a woman’s perspective. “One Indian girl published in the year 2016 is nothing but a copy of DRAWING PARALLELS and the theme of her story has been intelligently copied,” the court order reads.

However, Bhagat has denied the allegations and stated that he has never met Bajpai or read any of her work. Bhagat issued a statement as well clarifying his point of view. “This is for one an absolute surprise for me as I have never read any of this author's works. My stories are always original - including One Indian Girl - and it is unthinkable for me to do anything like what is suggested. Surely, alleging anything like this in the current digital age is strange,” Bhagat said in his statement.

Bajpai had earlier served a legal notice to Bhagat in February this year asking him to withdraw the book from the stores and pay Rs 5 lakh for damages. Bhagat had responded a month later denying charges. Eventually Bajpai approached the court to intervene into the matter.

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| Edited by: Shomini Sen
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