The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notices to Bollywood actor Salman Khan, director Anil Sharma and producer Vijay Kumar Galani of the recently released Hindi film ‘Veer’ on a suit by a Gurgaon-based author seeking a permanent injunction against screening of the movie and damages for allegedly using the concept of his book “Trilogy of Wisdom”.
The plaintiff has made Salman Khan a respondent in the suit. Besides acting in the film, Salman has also written the script.
Issuing the notices, Justice V. K. Shali asked the respondents to file replies to the suit by February 4.
The author, Pavan Chaudhary, accused the respondents of lifting the idea that “India should not be a ‘sone ki chidiya’ but a ‘baaz’ conceptualised in the book in violation his copyright over it.
The plaintiff further submitted that he is the author, first owner, true originator and lawful proprietor of the concept as mentioned in “Safalta ki Triveni: Chanakya Ka Rajnitik Gyan”, a Hindi translated version of the “Trilogy of Wisdom”.
The plaintiff had given wide publicity to the concept on television, radio and in newspapers, magazines and periodicals, the plaintiff submitted. The plaintiff being the first owner and author of the said copyright was entitled to all rights and privileges conferred upon him, the suit claimed.