Mumbai Police has claimed that rapper Badshah has paid Rs. 72 lakh for additional views on his music video, Pagal Hai. The video had been viewed 75 million times on the very first day of its release, beating previously set records by Taylor Swift and Korean boy band BTS. However, the cyber cell decided to investigate the real picture after Google rejected the number of views on the video, considering it had set a then world record for the most YouTube views within 24 hours.
Now, Mumbai Police has revealed that Badshah confessed to paying Rs. 72 lakh for fake views on Pagal hai, following a 10-hour long interrogation. Nandkumar Thakur, deputy commissioner of police, told Mumbai Mirror, “The singer confessed that he wanted to set a world record for most number of viewers in 24 hours on YouTube. That is why he paid Rs 72 lakh to this company.” “Apart from Pagal Hai, we are also scrutinising his other songs posted on social media,” revealed another official to the publication.
However, denying the allegations, Badshah released an official statement that read: “Following the summons, I have spoken to the Mumbai Police. I have aided the officials in their investigation by cooperating and carrying out the due diligence on my part. I’ve categorically denied all the allegations levelled against me and made it clear that I was never involved in such practices, nor do I condone them,” he said in a statement. “The investigation procedure is being executed in accordance with the law and I have complete faith in the authorities, who are handling this matter. I’d like to thank all those who have conveyed their concern to me. It means a lot to me.”