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FIR against Prashant Kishor for plagiarism in 'Bihar ki Baat' campaign

An FIR has been registered against political strategist Prashant Kishor in Patna for alleged plagiarism in his 'Bihar ki Baat' campaign on Thursday. The case has been registered under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) of the IPC.

India TV News Desk Reported by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: February 27, 2020 10:17 IST
FIR against Prashant Kishor for plagiarism in 'Bihar ki Baat' campaign
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FIR against Prashant Kishor for plagiarism in 'Bihar ki Baat' campaign 

An FIR has been registered against political strategist Prashant Kishor in Patna for alleged plagiarism in his 'Bihar ki Baat' campaign on Thursday. The case has been registered under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) of the IPC. 

According to media reports, Kishor has been accused of forgery by Shashwat Gautam, a resident of Bihar's Motihari. In his complaint, Gautam has recently alleged that ‘Baat Bihar Ki’ - started by Kishor was actually conceptualised by him. Moreover, a former colleague named Osama had given the idea and content to Kishor who used it for his own campaign by a similar name.

Gautam has filed a case against Osama too. Osama has contested students union election in Patna University in the past, and Gautam has been previously associated with Congress.

Gautam has claimed that his website (’Bihar ki Baat’) was registered in January, while Kishor started his portal in February. He has given proof to the police to support his claim. 

An engineer, Gautam has spent many years in the United States. He studied MBA in George Washington University in Washington, DC and had even won the students union election there in 2012.

Kishor, who was recently sacked from Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), launched the ‘Baat Bihar Ki’ campaign last week to connect with youths in the state. The campaign will start the registration of like-minded youths who want to join hands with Kishor to develop Bihar in the next 10-15 years.

Kishor’s ‘Baat Bihar Ki’ programme is aimed at making Bihar one of the 10 best states in the country.

The noted strategist is also said to be in talks with different political parties ahead of the Bihar assembly polls.

Kishor, during a press conference recently, had said he is not going to launch a political outfit but will work to bring about a change in Bihar.

“My best wishes to you to retain the chair of Chief Minister of Bihar. God bless you,” Kishor had tweeted soon after he was sacked by Nitish Kumar. A senior leader of the grand alliance who did not wish to be named said Kishor is busy building an army of youth to take on CM Nitish Kumar.

(With inputs from agencies)

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