Chetan Bhagat on One Indian Girl plagiarism charge: 'This is absolutely a bogus case'

IANS

May,10 2017 15:52 37 IST

Mumbai: Author Chetan Bhagat says a plagiarism case slapped against him by a Bengaluru author over his One Indian Girl, is bogus.

The complainant, Anvita Bajpai, has reportedly filed a lawsuit in a Bengaluru court which granted a temporary injunction restraining sales of the book One Indian Girl.

Bajpai said on social media that "characters, places and emotional flow" of Bhagat's book have been lifted from one of her books Life, Odds and Ends. A court hearing in this regard is slated for Thursday.

Talking about the issue, Bhagat told IANS here, "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."

Bajpai had sent a legal notice to Bhagat on 22 February, asking him to withdraw his book One Indian Girl and pay an amount of Rs 500,000 as damages. According to her, the central character of Bhagat's book has a similarity with one of her short stories Drawing Parallels.

Chetan Bhagat has been accused of plagiarising his novel, One Indian Girl

Chetan Bhagat has been accused of plagiarising his novel, One Indian Girl

But Bhagat said in his defence, "I did not read her book, and I have written my story which is original. Plagiarism is a serious charge and if I have done that, by now screenshots of her work and my work would be all over the place 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? Of course my legal team will address it and I know I will win it."

This is not the first time that the author has faced a controversy or criticism. Whether it was his comment on intolerance in the country or on the work of historians, Bhagat has often been trolled on social media.

In fact, after the announcement that one of his novels will be a part of the Delhi University syllabus for its undergraduate degree in English, literature experts were quick to slam the development.

Asked if he feels he is a soft target, Bhagat said, "I am a writer with an opinion. My job is not to be Mr Charmer. I cannot impress everyone, and why should I? I want to bring a change in this society. As it is happening now, it is quite obvious that some people will feel agitated. As long as I know I am doing the right thing, I do not care about what the other people think... It is their choice."

The author is currently busy promoting Half Girlfriend, releasing on 19 May.

Published Date: May 10, 2017 15:52 PM | Updated Date: May 10, 2017 15:52 PM