Anvita Bajpai, a writer and an IIT and IIM graduate, sued Chetan Bhagat for plagiarism, following which, a civil court has put a temporary hold on the sale of Bhagat’s ‘One Indian Girl’. The lady has claimed damages of Rs. 1 lakh and sought a permanent injunction on the sale of Bhagat’s book.
Bajpai claims that the “characters, places and emotional flow” of ‘One Indian Girl’ is a copy of the story ‘Drawing Parallels’ from her book ‘Life, Odds and Ends’. She had gifted a copy of her book to Chetan Bhagat in 2014 during the Bengaluru Literature Festival.
Chetan Bhagat, however, says that his book is not a copy of Bajpai’s book in any way and rejects the charge as unfounded. He even shared this information through his fan page on Facebook and said that this could be a misunderstanding.
Anvita Bajpai sent a legal notice to Chetan Bhagat on February 22, 2017, asking the latter to withdraw his book and pay a sum of Rs.5 lakhs for damages. Following this, Bhagat said that his book ‘One Indian Girl’ was a totally different story and declined allegations of plagiarism.
A few social media posts believe that this allegation has a “monetary intent”, slamming which, the lady says that she is capable of fetching the best paying jobs. She also said that she wrote stories for “understanding/satisfaction” and if she was money minded, she would be “coding/preparing presentations”.