Chetan Bhagat’s bestselling book 'Half Girlfriend' has irked the erstwhile royal family of Dumraon, which alleged that the book portrayed them in a bad light and threatened to slap a defamation suit against the author and the publisher. The erstwhile royals, including 88-year-old Maharaja Bahadur Kamal Singh and Yuvraj Chandra Vijay Singh, accused Bhagat of denigrating their family.
Bhagat has now been slapped a Rs 1 crore defamation suit for claiming male members of the royal family were alcoholics and gamblers in his bestselling novel 'Half Girlfriend'. The petition was filed in Delhi High Court who has issued summons to Bhagat and Rupa Publications to appear before May 1 according to a report in Hindustan Times.
Earlier reports stated, the royal family planned to ask the writer and publisher to withdraw the book from the market, remove the name of the royal family from it and ensure that the ‘mistakes’ were not repeated if a film was made from the book.
However Chetan Bhagat vehemently denied that "Half Girlfriend" has any reference to the family of erstwhile princely state of Dumraon in Bihar.The author said there was some "misunderstanding" as his book is a work of fiction.
With inputs from PTI