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Minutes after news about Apple’s $1.05 billion victory in the legal dispute with Samsung over theft and patent breach of smartphone design and features broke in the Indian media, Union Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal slapped a lawsuit on Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, over the latter’s ‘zero loss’ claim with regard to the ongoing row over the Coal allocation scam.
Addressing media personnel at his residence, Sibal said, “I just came to know about my colleague Mr.Chidambaram’s statement regarding the coal scam. It is very unfortunate that he chose to steal my golden words and dish out the same rigmarole that I did when the 2G scam broke out. The ‘zero loss’ is a patented Kapil Sibal phrase that Chidambaram has wilfully infringed upon, and for that, he will face the full force of the law.”
The Minister has reportedly sought the legal assistance of Dr. Subramanian Swamy who promptly tweeted, “Supreme Court verdict minor setback. Working on Plan R. First PC, then VishKanya.” The Janata Party President later filed a lawsuit in the Delhi High Court against Chidambaram, claiming damages to the tune of INR 1 billion and sought a preliminary injunction against further use of the ‘zero loss’ phrase or any of the other patented Kapil Sibal phrases such as ‘notional loss’, ‘presumptuous loss’ and the entire topic of internet censorship.
When the UnReal Times asked Mr. Chidambaram what he thought of Kapil’s claim that he had stolen his trademark line, the Finance Minister smirked, “Father, forgive him, for he knows not what he is doing. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”
Later in the day, CNN-IBN’s Sagarika Ghose hosted a fierce debate on her show ‘Face the Nation’ on the topic ‘Is Zero anyone’s personal intellectual property?’. The highlight of the show was Sagarika’s ‘live‘ interview with Aryabhatta, the ancient Indian mathemetician credited with introducing the number zero to the world. After the show, an ebullient Sagarika tweeted, “Tonight’s FTN was on an issue between 2 Cong ministers. Dare anyone call me pro-Cong agent or our channel ‘paid media’!”