Bengaluru: The Income Tax department which caught an auto driver in Bengaluru in possession of property worth over a crore, has found that he was indeed a benefactor of an American’s generosity.

Auto-driver Subramani came under the I-T department’s radar after he bought a villa in a gated community in Bengaluru’s Whitefield. Subramani’s purchase raised suspicion that he was used as a benami for other wealthy tax evaders.

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During the course of interrogation, Subramani claimed that he was at the receiving end of an American woman’s generosity.

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

Reports suggest that sources in the I-T Department has identified 72-year-old Lara Evison as the person who had given him the money.

Subramani and Evison met in 2005 when he helped her during her stay in Bengaluru.

Evison has not only helped him with the money for the villa, she is also helping him with his children’s education related expenses, as per reports.

The Income Tax department had sent notices to the villa’s builder for details regarding Subramani’s purchase.

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

Subramani, aged 37, had come under the scanner of the I-T department for owing assets massively disproportionate to his known sources of income.

His villa in Bengaluru’s Whitefield, worth Rs 1.6 crore, was raided by the I-T sleuths and jewellery, cash and property documents amounting to crores were recovered.