Famous Punjabi rapper Badshah today released an official statement on his alleged involvement in the fake social media followers case. Mumbai police have already summoned the artist for questioning.
In his official statement, the famous rapper said, "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 leveled against me and made it clear that I was never involved in such practices, nor do I condone them."
He further adds, "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."
Earlier in the day rumors went adrift that the rapper paid Rs. 75 lakhs to a company. The news alleged that the Punjabi rapper paid the money for increasing followers for his song Yeh Ladki Pagal hai.
Mumbai police questioned Aditya Prateik Singh Sisodia aka Badshah for around 10 hours on Friday. The police asked him to answer 238 questions prepared by the Crime Branch. That is why he visited the police office yet again today. He will also possibly go tomorrow to the police for answering all the remaining questions.
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Earlier the joint commissioner of Mumbai Police Vinay Kumar Chaubey spoke about the case of Fake Social Media Followers Scam. In his statement, Chaubey said, "We have investigated and found as many as 54 firms involved in this racket. SIT comprising Crime Branch along with Cyber Cell has been formed which will help in investigating this case."
The Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) in Mumbai went into action after a complaint from Bollywood singer Bhumi Trivedi. Incidentally, the former reality show contestant discovered that somebody created her fake profile on social media. It was during the investigation of this complaint that the police found out about the fake social media profiles.
Additionally, the investigators also found out about sell of fake followers, influencers, and likes to celebrities. Generally speaking, if a social media influencer or a celebrity has a huge following then he/she can ask for a higher price for endorsing products. Reports indicate that the police until now have recorded around 20 people related to this case.
Rumors are that after Badshah, the police might summon big Bollywood stars. According to speculations names of Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone are next in the list. These celebrities have a huge fan following on social media.