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Jnanapeeth Award winner Girish Karnad has got a summons from a court to appear before June 29. The summons is regarding a case filed by writer Gopal Vajpayee against Karnad a few years back.

The case dates back to almost 10 years, when Girish Karnad requested Gopal Vajpayee to give a song that Vajpayee had written for Girish Karnad's play 'Nagamandala'. When 'Nagamandala' was staged by Shankarnag in the late 80s, Gopal Vajpayee had written 10 songs, out of which 'Mayado Manada Bhaara' was a huge success. T S Nagabharana incorporated the same song composed by C Ashwath in the film also.

After many years since the film got released, Girish Karnad requested Gopal Vajpayee to lend the song for the reprint of the play. In turn Girish Karnad had sent a cheque of Rs.1,500 and had said that the song would be used in the reprints. Though Karnad had taken the permission of Gopal Vajpayee, he had not given the credit of the song to Gopal Vajpaye anywhere in the reprint version. So, Gopal Vajpayee had written a letter to Girish Karnad saying that he would not permit to use the song in the future and had sent back the cheque. Gopal Vajpayee says yet the song has been used when the book was reprint again and again.

To stop this, Gopal Vajpayee had filed a case against Girish Karnad. The Court had also issued a summons earlier to Karnad to appear before court, but Karnad had been restraining from appearing before the court. Now the court has given a final deadline of June 29th for Girish Karnad to appear before court.

What would Girish Karnad do is yet to be seen in the future?