Baba Ka Dhaba owner Kanta Prasad has filed a complaint in South Delhi’s Malviya Nagar against Instagram influencer Gaurav Wasan for misappropriation of funds, police said on Sunday.
Prasad (80) had shot to fame after a video of him tearfully recounting the desperation of the months since the lockdown was shared widely across social media platforms recently.
Ironically, Prasad’s despair had come to light when Wasan captured the eatery owner breaking down as he talked about his struggles in a video shared on the YouTuber’s social media account.
In his complaint to police, Prasad said Wasan shot his video and posted it online and convinced the public on social media to donate money to the eatery onwer.
He futher 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 through different mode of payments i.e bank account/wallets without providing any information to the complainant”.
The owner of the food joint also accused the YouTuber of not providing details of the financial transactions to him.
“We received the complaint yesterday at the Malviya Nagar Police Station and the matter is being probed. No FIR has been registered yet in the case,” Atul Kumar Thakur, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), said.
The internet, as always was divided over the complaint filed by Kanta Prasad. While many believed that Gaurav may have cheated the couple, many felt the need to a thorough probe of the funds transferred before labelling charges.
It was gaurav video who gave baba ka dhaba name and help. But it was gaurav who cheated in the name of funds. Dnt knw what to say. Gaurav was a fraud who helped baba. I think
— Rahil Kalia (@chotulalasabka) November 2, 2020
#BabaKaDhaba Gaurav was not helping them. He was finding someone for his own help.
— Amit Sharma (@SatyamS86834258) November 2, 2020
Gaurav vasan made baba ka dhaba famous and that baba filed a case against him in cheating case 🤣🤣
Karma is a bitch #BabaKaDhabha
— Hail RCB…….. (@Rcb_Troll_Hater) November 2, 2020
#BabaKaDhaba mtlb iss desh mein kuch bhi accha nhi ho skta hai kya?? Ek ummid jagi thi lkin iss duniye ke selfish aur 420 logon ne usse bhi tod diya!
— Hyolín⁷ || Ayä oN 3rd 💚 (@Hyolin7Me) November 2, 2020
The human & heart in me hopes this turns out to be untrue not for Gaurav Wasan but for #BabaKaDhaba and 1000s across the country like him who need our support. Let not one alleged cheat derail this idea of help & humanity but beware of any more. https://t.co/PLhE2nSGiT
— Yo Yo Funny Singh (@moronhumor) November 2, 2020
— U r v i 🇮🇳 (@urvibarman) November 2, 2020