The Delhi police on Saturday (November 7) registered an FIR against YouTuber Gaurav Wasan for allegedly cheating ‘Baba Ka Dhaba’ owner Kanta Prasad (80).
In October, Wasan had shot a video of Prasad and his wife, Badami Devi, talking about how running their eatery in Malviya Nagar, Delhi, was getting difficult without customers who had stopped coming due to the pandemic.
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The video was posted on Wasan’s YouTube channel, ‘Swad Official’. It was widely shared on social media. Moved by the couple’s plight, many people made financial contributions to help the. Even celebrities posted messages appealing to people to go to the dhaba and eat there. Wasan raised a considerable amount through such contributions.
However, on October 31, Prasad filed a complaint against Wasan for allegedly misappropriating the funds raised.
Atul Kumar Thakur, DCP (South), said, “As per the complainant, Wasan deliberately shared bank details and mobile numbers of only his and his family members in the video for donations. A preliminary inquiry was done, after which an FIR was filed for cheating.”
Prasad held a press conference on Friday (November 6) and alleged that he had not received a major part of the donations. “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,” Prasad said.
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His lawyer Prem Joshi and blogger Tushant claimed Wasan gave some money after he was trolled. “Gaurav has disclosed his account statement from October 7 to 10. We want to see it till October 26,” said Tushant.
In his defence, Wasan shared three receipts of transactions dated October 27 — two cheques of ₹1,00,000 and ₹2,33,000 and a receipt of bank payment of ₹45,000. “I’ve submitted bank account statements till November 2 to the police. I haven’t cheated anyone. Baba should check his account,” Wasan said. Prasad claimed he has not been able to access his bank statement.