In 2017, Nilotpal Mrinal campaigned against a website named ‘Lallantop,’ which had uploaded a derogatory picture insulting the people of Bihar. Thereafter, Mrinal appealed to the court to initiate the removal of the picture as it hurt the sentiments of Biharis and succeeded in it.
Copyright Infringement Allegations against The Viral Fever (TVF)
In 2021, Nilotpal Mrinal accused the makers of TVF’s ‘Aspirants’ of plagiarism. In a long Facebook post, he claimed that the coming-of-age web series was based on Mrinal’s 2015 book ‘Dark Horse’. In the post, he shared a picture of the founder of TVF, Arunabh Kumar, and said,
“Have shared Anurabh’s photo and details of the meeting with him to prove that he knew me as the writer of Dark Horse and was also aware of my interests to make a film based on the book.”
Mrinal also expressed his desire to initiate legal action against TVF for copying approximately 30% story of his book without crediting him. Thereafter, TVF released an official statement, which read,
“TVF is a creator-centric organization which has been nurturing writers since inception and takes their rights very seriously. A social media post has alleged that our show “Aspirants” has been inspired from another literary work. The Company has received a notice in this regard and we will fully cooperate to investigate the matter.”
Accused of Sexual Assault
In 2022, Delhi Police registered an FIR against Nilotpal Mrinal after a 32-year-old woman accused him of raping her under the pretext of marriage. Reportedly, the victim was a UPSC aspirant hailing from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, and residing in Mukherjee Nagar for preparing the exam. The victim alleged that after she made acquaintance with the author in 2013, after he sexually assaulted her for ten long years. The FIR read,
“In 2013 she went for an eye treatment to AIIMS and she got late while returning home, for which he hurled abuses and beat her up. I started crying but he raped me. The next day, he came and started apologising. He also promised to marry me.”
Furthermore, she claimed that Mrinal feared a police action, therefore he kept agreeing to marry her. However, through his cellphone, the victim discovered that he was in a relationship with another woman.