PATNA: A local court in India has dismissed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s plea to remove his name as a defendant from a lawsuit on copyright violation filed by a former JNU scholar and imposed a cost of Rs 20,000 on him.
According to media reports, Joint Registrar Sanjeev Aggarwal of the Delhi High Court while passing the order observed the application was a “sheer abuse of process of the law”.
In his lawsuit, former JNU scholar Atul Kumar Singh had charged the chief minister with plagiarising his research work in his book on “Special category Status: A Case for Bihar “released in May 2009 in Patna although Kumar in his application said he had no direct or indirect association with the other defendants according to media reports.
“The facts are cumulatively sufficient to give right to sue to the plaintiff (Singh) against defendant no. 1 (Kumar),” the joint registrar was quoted by the PTI as saying in his order.
“….the present interim application (by Nitish Kumar) is sheer abuse of process of law. Same is dismissed with cost of Rs 20,000,” the order said, according to Outlook report.
अगर कोर्ट 20 हज़ार जुर्माना तेजस्वी पर लगा देता तो नीतीश जी नैतिकता के आधार पर इस्तीफ़ा माँग लेते। है ना नीतीश जी? https://t.co/5H7VEa4DKN
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) August 5, 2017
The book released by renowned economist Lord Meghnad J Desai initially claimed to have been written by Kumar but post plagiarism controversy, he mentioned himself as its “endorser”.
Reports said the researcher was shocked to find that the contents of this book being claimed to be “authored” by the chief minister was, in fact, copy of his research paper he had already submitted at the Asian Development of Research Institute (ADRI), an NGO, at Patna.
Without causing any further delay, he released his research paper in New Delhi a day before the book was to be released in Patna to “prove his charge of plagiarism against the chief minister had a basis”.
“I was shocked when I realised that the book was a copy of my research paper. Never in my wildest dream could have I imagined that the chief minister would use my work and claim it to be his. I am releasing it on Thursday night itself so that I can confirm my claim my original research”, was how the researcher told reporters in New Delhi then.
It was this charge of plagiarism that apparently forced the chief minister to mention himself as “endorser” of the book, instead of “author”.