American woman says she gave money for Bengaluru auto driver’s posh villa

Days after the Income Tax Department had issued notice to a Bengaluru autorickshaw driver for purchasing an expensive villa worth more than a crore, it has emerged he is indeed a benefactor of one American’s generosity.

Subramani had attracted an IT notice for buying a villa in a gated community – Jatti Dwarkamai Villas located in Whitefield- which raised suspicion that he was used as a benami for other wealthy tax evaders.

The I-T Department said that they have recorded the statement of the woman and also accessed related documents in connection with the transaction.

Sources in the I-T Department said the woman identified as 72-year-old Lara Evison had given him the money. “The two had met around 2006 when Subramani had helped her to move around the city in 2006. She was in Bengaluru till 2010. Not only with the money for villa, the woman is also helping with education related expenses of his two kids.”

He added, “Even now when the woman visits Bengaluru, she stays in the same villa with the family.”

TNM had earlier reported how the Income Tax Department had on April 16 this year sent notices to Jatti Engineering Pvt Ltd, the company that constructed the villa. The sleuths had requested the company to furnish copies of the ledgers pertaining to the sale of the villa to Subramani.

As the issue came to light, and Subramani came under media scrutiny it was speculated that Subramani was close to BJP MLA Arvind Limbavali, who denied any involvement in the issue.

Sources in the I-T Department said that he had got the money from a American woman.

“She was struggling to get a cab or rickshaw on a rainy day, I dropped her home that day. I also dropped her back home on another occasion. Since then, we had an agreement that she would pay me to drop her and pick her up whenever she needed transportation. We became friends and when she heard that my family and I were struggling financially, she offered to buy us a house,” Subramani had reportedly told the investigators.