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Bengaluru auto driver with Rs 1.6-crore villa got money as charity, says IT Dept

Nalluralli Subramani, 37, had been under the scanner of the I-T Department, who suspected that the auto driver had political links. Subramani, however, had attributed his good life to the largess of one of his passengers.

Written by Ralph Alex Arakal | Bangalore | Updated: May 8, 2019 6:51:02 am
Bengaluru auto driver with Rs 1.6-crore villa got money as charity, says IT Dept The neighbourhood where Subramani lives. (Express Photo)

A Bengaluru-based auto driver, who purchased a Rs 1.6 crore villa in an elite gated society in Whitefield, got the money to purchase the house as charity, the Income Tax Department has confirmed.

Nalluralli Subramani, 37, had been under the scanner of the I-T Department, who suspected that the auto driver had political links. Subramani, however, had attributed his good life to the largess of one of his passengers.

An investigation began after Subramani was served with a notice under the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988. I-T officials had also questioned the developer of the colony at Jatti Dwarakamai in Mahadevapura.

Bengaluru auto driver with Rs 1.6-crore villa got money as charity, says IT Dept Nalluralli Subramani, the 37-year old autorickshaw driver, who owns a villa worth Rs 1.6 crore in Bangalore. (Special arrangement)

Mahadevapura MLA Arvind Limbavali, who is also BJP’s Karnataka general secretary, was also under the scanner after possible links between him and Subramani were examined during the investigation. However, he said that Subramani had only participated with him in one public function long back, and said that all allegations made against him were baseless.

On Tuesday, an I-T official told The Indian Express that the source for his income was found to be an American donor named Lara Evison. “The auto driver had met the 72-year-old foreigner when he offered to help her commute in the city in 2006. As she got to know about his financial constraints, she volunteered to help him with his children’s education….Later she managed to get him the money to buy the villa at Jatti Dwarakamai in Mahadevapura.” the official said.

The official added that the statements of Subramani and Evison matched, and both also furnished documents to prove the same.

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