Joint registrar of High Court noted that there were sufficient grounds to sue Kumar.
Delhi High Court has dismissed the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s plea to delete his name as a defendant from the lawsuit on copyright violation filed by a Former JNU Scholar who is a Politician, and imposed a cost of Rs 20,000 on him.
Joint Registrar, while passing order on Wednesday, observed that the application was a “sheer abuse of process of the law” as plaintiff (the scholar) was entitled to choose Defendants against whom he has a “cause of action”.
In the lawsuit, Mr. Atul Kumar Singh, Former JNU student has alleged that the book published by the Patna-based Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI), through its Member Secretary Shaibal Gupta, and endorsed by Kumar, is a plagiarised version of his research work.
CM Nitish stated in his application that he had no direct or indirect association with the other defendants and that the book Special Category Status: A Case for Bihar. He also contended he had only endorsed the book and not authored it.
Bihar CM submitted that,”No cause of action was made out for instituting and maintaining suit”, insisting that he has been impleaded with a “malafide” intention to cause the embarrassment.
But the Joint Registrar turned down Nitish Kumar’s contention and has noted in his order that the two JNU supervisors of Scholar had certified his work as original and that it was released on May 14, 2009, a day before book was released.