A Bangalore-based author, Anvita Bajpai, has claimed that Chetan Bhagat’s One Indian Girl plagiarized one of the stories in her book Life, Odds & Ends, and has taken legal action against the renowned author.
Bajpai has also succeeded in securing a court injunction to stop the sale of Bhagat’s One Indian Girl, both in print and e-book form. Bajpai alleged that Bhagat’s novel (released in October 2016), which is about a girl named Radhika coping with the challenges of family and romance, bears startling similarities to her short story Drawing Parallels. These similarities allegedly include situations the protagonist and other characters find themselves in, she was quoted as saying in the Bangalore Mirror.
The City Civil Court in Bangalore last week granted Bajpai an interim injunction restraining Bhagat from selling or marketing his book.
In another news report, Bajpai claimed that she personally met Bhagat during the Bangalore Literature Festival in September 2014 and handed him a copy of her book.
Earlier this year, Bajpai sent a letter to Bhagat asking him to pay Rs5 lakh (US$7,700) in damages. When the author refused, Bajpai took the matter to the City Civil Court.