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.
Continuing its probe into the sensational social media racket linked to creating fake ‘followers and likes’, busted last month, the Mumbai Police has investigated at least 20 prominent personalities including rapper Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia, alias Badshah, official sources said on Saturday.
Badshah reportedly faced a 10-hour long interrogation by the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) on Friday.
Badshah’s Official Statement
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.”
What Went Down?
Till date, the Mumbai Police has investigated at least 20 prominent personalities.
The developments came after the Mumbai Police busted the scam on July 14 through analytical technical-intelligence and nabbed one person, following a complaint lodged by Bollywood playback singer Bhoomi Trivedi.
The rapper’s clarification comes in the wake of a 10-hour long interrogation by the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) on Friday regarding allegedly promoting his music album with fake likes and followers. Badshah was questioned again on Saturday. The rapper is likely to be summoned again on Sunday for other related aspects of the probe, as per sources.
He was questioned again on Saturday and is likely to be summoned again on Sunday for other related aspects of the probe, said the sources.
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.
The Investigation Continues
obing Trivedi’s July 11 complaint that some persons had created a fake Instagram profile in her name and were approaching other celebrities in the entertainment industry with similar offers, the CIU got cracking to expose the mega-scam with international ramifications.
The police are investigating at least 100 Social Media Marketing (SMM) firms and 54 portals all over India, which offer services of generating fake profiles, likes, comments, followers, etc, through fake IDs or bots, on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, etc, with the alleged ‘followers’ also being used to create social panic through rumours.
Awards and nominations
|Award ceremony||Category||Nominated Work||Result|
|Filmfare Awards||Best Playback Singer- Male||Tareefah’||Nominated|
|PTC Punjabi Film Awards||Best Punjabi Music of The Year||Wakhra Swag by Navv Inder ft. Badshah||Won|
|10th Mirchi Music Awards||Best Song Engineer (Recording & Mixing)||“Mercy” from O.N.E (Album)||Nominated|