Owner of the ‘now famous’ Baba Ka Dhaba Kanta Prasad has filed a complaint against YouTuber Gaurav Wasan claiming that he has swindled him. Baba Ka Dhabha rose to fame after Gaurav Wasan shot a video of a poor elderly couple, struggling with their food kiosk in the coronavirus lockdown. He has uploaded this heart-tugging story on the internet, and within a day, #Babakadhaba was trending on Twitter and the small food joint was flooded with more customers than it had seen in 30 years of being in business.
Baba Ka Dhabha owner Kanta Prasad has now has filed a complaint against the YouTuber for allegedly misappropriating money that was raised to help him and his wife. He said, “I have only received a cheque of Rs 2 lakh from Wasan. I don’t get a lot of customers now; most people come here to take selfies… Earlier I was earning over Rs 10,000 per day, now it’s Rs 3,000-Rs 5,000,” he said. The owner of the food joint also accused the YouTuber of not providing details of the financial transactions to him.
The complaint also states that Wasan has deliberately shared his personal account details and collected a huge amount as donation. DCP (South) Atul Kumar Thakur said, “We received the complaint yesterday and are enquiring into it.” No FIR has been registered yet.
Influencer Wasan has out rightly denied these allegations and said that he had rightfully transferred all the donation money into Prasad’s account. He went on to say, “When I shot the video, I didn’t know it would become this big. I didn’t want people to harass Baba (Prasad) so I shared my bank details”. To make his point clear, Wasan also shared three receipts of the transactions, all dated October 27 — two cheques of Rs 1,00,000 and Rs 2,33,000 respectively and one receipt of bank payment worth Rs 45,000. He has also shared his bank statement on Facebook in which the total money credited in the three days is around Rs 3.5 lakh. When asked about the other two transactions, Prasad said he was not able to check his account as he does not carry his phone.
To add fuel to the fire, there are some YouTubers who have alleged that Wasan has received Rs 20-25 lakh, but Wasan has gone on record to deny this allegation. He has also initiated legal action against the YouTubers.
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