Kanta Prasad, the owner of the popular eatery ‘Baba Ka Dhaba’ in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar, has filed a complaint against YouTuber Gaurav Wasan for misappropriation of funds that was raised to help him and his wife.
80-year-old Prasad had gained massive popularity on social media after a video of him recounting his ordeal due to the pandemic went viral. The video was shot and shared by Wasan.
After the video went viral, Baba ka Dhaba was the cynosure of many eyes across the country, including celebs from showbiz who posted appeals asking people to go there and get themselves a meal.
On Sunday Prasad told a news portal that he had 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.
He filed a complaint at Malviya Nagar police station claiming that Wasan “deliberately shared his and his family’s bank 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.
Gaurav denied the allegations and said he transferred all the money into Prasad’s account. He said, “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…”
Wasan shared three receipts of the transactions, all dated October 27 — two cheques of Rs 1,00,000 and Rs 2,33,000 and one receipt of bank payment of Rs 45,000. He said this was the amount of money collected in the three days. Wasan also put up a bank statement on Facebook in which the total money credited in the three days is around Rs 3.5 lakhs. When he was asked about the other two transactions, Prasad said he hasn’t been able to check his account as he doesn’t carry his phone.
However, social media users are having a hard time trusting Gaurav as they seem dissatisfied with his explanations.
While some YouTubers alleged Wasan received Rs 20-25 lakhs, Wasan denied it and provided more clarity on the matter in a video posted on his YouTube channel. He said, “We have initiated legal action against the YouTubers.”
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