Kanta Prasad, the owner of popular eatery ‘Baba Ka Dhaba’ in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar, has filed a complaint 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
Some even rued the fact that there is no goodness left in the world after this shocking development took place.
#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
There were even a few who brought out sarcastic memes on the development.
— Rohit Chauhan (@Rohitc1997) November 2, 2020
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.
A day after the heartbreaking video, #Babakadhaba was trending on Twitter and the food joint was flooded with more customers than it had seen in 30 years of being in business.