Bengaluru influencer booked for framing Zomato delivery boy
The woman’s video falsely accusing the delivery boy of assaulting her has been removed from her Twitter.
A Bengaluru-based social media influencer and makeup artist has been booked by police on Monday for falsely accusing a Zomato delivery boy of attacking her over delayed service.
According to local police, Hitesha Chandranee has been charged with wrongful restraint, assault, intentional insult, and criminal intimidation based on a complaint by the delivery man.
"An FIR was registered against Hitesha, the woman, who claimed to be attacked by a Zomato delivery man," a police officer said.
According to the officer, Kamaraj had stated that Chandranee had hit him with slippers, accused him of defaming her and hurling abuses at him on March 9.
Chandranee, in the meanwhile, deleted her video from Twitter that went viral based on which the police had arrested Kamaraj on March 10. The same video is still up on her Instagram and over 21 million views; the comments on all her posts have been disabled.
Chandranee can be seen crying with a cut nose in the video, where she claimed she was assaulted by the delivery person while she was lodging a complaint with the Zomato customer care asking them to either deliver food free of cost or cancel the order after it was delayed.
Zomato, which had initially assured Chandranee that it would help her with the police investigation along with assistance on the medical care required, later clarified it was also with Kamaraj extending all possible support.
"As per protocol, we have temporarily suspended Kamaraj from active deliveries, but are covering his earnings in the interim while there's an active police investigation," Zomato founder Deepinder Goyal said in a statement posted on Twitter.
He has also said his company was bearing the legal expenses of the case.
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