Badshah admits shopping for crores of pretend views for Rs 72 lakh, say Mumbai Police; rapper denies allegations


Tribune Web Desk
Chandiagrh/Mumbai, August 9

Rapper Badshah has denied any involvement within the faux social media followers rip-off, which is being investigated by the Mumbai Police.

The rapper issued a press release on Saturday night, the place he talked about that he has categorically denied all allegations levelled in opposition to him whereas talking to the police.

“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 have 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. 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 would like to thank all those who have conveyed their concern to me. It means a lot to me,” reads the assertion issued by Badshah.

The rapper’s clarification comes within the wake of a 10-hour-long interrogation by the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) on Friday concerning allegedly selling his music album with faux likes and followers. 

Badshah was questioned once more on Saturday. 

Officials claimed that in questioning, Badshah confessed that he’d bought round 7.2 crore views for Rs 72 lakh, as a way to set a world report for many YouTube views within the first 24 hours. 

He had claimed that the music video for ‘Pagal Hai’ had been watched 75 million occasions within the first day of its launch, beating earlier information set by Taylor Swift and the Korean boy band BTS. 

The declare was rejected by Google.

Nandkumar Thakur, deputy commissioner of police, informed 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,” one other official informed Mirror.

Till date, the Mumbai Police has investigated at the least 20 outstanding personalities.

The developments got here after the Mumbai Police busted the rip-off on July 14 by way of analytical technical-intelligence and nabbed one individual, following a grievance lodged by Bollywood playback singer Bhoomi Trivedi. — With IANS



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