Delhi-based YouTuber Gaurav Wasan, who was accused of allegedly cheating the owner of ‘Baba ka Dhaba’ eatery in South Delhi’s Malviya Nagar, has been booked by Delhi Police. As per the latest report, a case was registered on Friday against the blogger. He stands accused of allegedly withdrawing donation funds raised for Kanta Prasad, the 80-year-old owner of a now-famous roadside eatery in south Delhi.
A month ago, Wasan had shot and shared a video on Prasad and his wife that was widely shared on social media. The couple can be seen talking about their daily struggles to survive during a pandemic, ever since a lockdown was enforced in late March. In the video, Prasad and his wife can be seen crying due to the lack of customers at their eatery. However, on October 31, Prasad filed a complaint against Wasan for allegedly misappropriating money collected in his name.
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In his complaint to police, Prasad alleged that YouTuber and Instagram influencer Wasan “intentionally and deliberately shared only his and his family/friends bank details and mobile numbers with the donors and collected huge amount of donation… without providing any information to the complainant”. This happened almost a month after the video question went viral.
Kanta Prasad’s claim
Talking about the freshly registered FIR following a complaint lodged by Prasad, Atul Kumar Thakur, DCP (South), said, “A preliminary enquiry was done, after which an FIR was registered under section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of Indian Penal Code and an investigation has been initiated.” He also added that Wasan denied the allegations made against him.
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Earlier, 80-year-old Kanta Prasad, who gained massive popularity on social media after his viral video, said that people were calling him “greedy” on social media and it was hurtful. He lodged a complaint against Wasan and challenged him to show his bank details to prove his innocence.
“I am not saying Wasan is a criminal but I want to know the truth. I suspect he has my money, which he should return,” said Prasad.
Talking to The Indian Express, Prasad had earlier claimed that he has only received a cheque of two lakh rupees from Wasan. He added that Wasan gave him a cheque of Rs 2.33 lakh on October 26 just to shut down trolls who criticised him for not handing over the donation amount to Prasad. “I don’t get a lot of customers now. Earlier I was earning over Rs 10,000 per day, now it is Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000,” he said.
Wasan, however, claimed that he has submitted his bank account statements till November 2 and assured that he gave all the funds that he received as donations to Prasad.
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