New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Friday filed a case against YouTuber Gaurav Wasan, who shot the viral video of the owner of popular eatery ‘Baba Ka Dhaba’ in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar, for allegedly misappropriating funds received as donation. Also Read - 'False & Baseless': YouTuber Refutes Fraud Allegations By 'Baba ka Dhaba' Owner, Shares Bank Account Details
The owner of the eatery, Kanta Prasad, had shot to fame after a video of him tearfully recounting the desperation of the months since the lockdown was shot by Wasan and shared widely across social media platforms recently. Also Read - R Madhavan Reacts to Baba Ka Dhaba Cheating Allegation: These Things Give People a Reason Not to do Good
The case was registered against the YouTuber following a complaint lodged by the 81-year-old on October 31, nearly a month after the video went viral. Also Read - 'Baba ka Dhaba' Fame Couple to Undergo Another Cataract Surgery Today
In his complaint to police, Prasad alleged that 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”.
However, Wasan denied the allegations and alleged he is being defamed, claiming that he had handed over Rs 3.78 lakh to Prasad.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Atul Kumar Thakur said, “After we received a complaint, preliminary enquiry was done and an FIR was registered under section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of Indian Penal Code and an investigation has been initiated.”
Earlier in the day, Prasad said he was hurt over being called “greedy” by some people on the social media after he lodged a complaint against Wasan and challenged the YouTuber to disclose his bank details to prove his innocence.
Talking to reporters at a press conference, Prasad, accompanied by his lawyer Prem Joshi and blogger Tushant, claimed that Wasan gave him a cheque of 2.33 lakh on October 26 after the YouTuber was trolled for not handing over the donation amount to Prasad.
Tushant alleged that Wasan has only disclosed his bank account statements from October 7 to 10 whereas he received more money after that. He demanded that Wasan must reveal his bank account statements till October 26.
Joshi highlighted that in the initial videos shared by Wasan, he had claimed that Prasad did not have a bank account or a mobile phone but that was a “lie”.
Joshi also claimed that on October 26, when Wasan gave the cheque to Prasad, he made him sign a paper claiming that all dues had been settled. However, later he again gave Rs 1.45 lakh to Prasad.
Wasan, however, said that he has submitted to the police his bank account statements till November 2 and maintained that he gave all the amount received as donation for Prasad to him.
(With inputs from PTI)