Recently, L Subramaniam found himself in the middle of a sex scandal, when his 27-year-old maid Bhagya filed a complaint against him at the Sanjay Nagar police station in Bangalore, on Friday morning.
‘Coincidentally’ the famed musician had filed a complaint against the maid a day earlier, for stealing 5000 Euros from his home.
The artiste resides in Dollars Colony with his singer wife Kavitha Krishnamurthy and two children. Subramaniam had kept 5000 euros in a locked drawer at his residence after returning from an international trip. Says Kavitha Krishnamurthy, “I had concerts in the US in June and my husband had accompanied me. We stopped over at Europe for a while.”
When the duo landed from Geneva on July 14, they declared 5000 Euros to the Customs department. But since the Euro exchange rate had dipped then, the family decided not to exchange the money immediately and locked it along with the declaration form in their bedroom.
“It was the first week of August that we decided to exchange the currency and found that the money was missing from the drawer, but the declaration form in which we had wrapped it, was still there,” says Kavitha. But the family did not report the crime immediately. Bindu, Subramaniam’s daughter adds, “We had a similar problem about five years ago when our cook and driver stole from us and we recovered the money. Also, we had been noticing money and other items missing from the home and so decided to look around a bit.”
Money amounting to about Rs 50,000, a gold chain worth Rs 30,000 and an Ipod were found missing. They informed the police in mid August about their suspicions and the missing money. “But we had a death in the family and could not formally file the complaint immediately,” says Kavitha.
It also took a while for the family to deduce the culpability of the maid because they had hired her through an agency. “We spoke to Avon Agency in October 2009 to get us a maid. Bhagya came to us in January,” says Kavitha. But despite her working with them for about six months the family is still fuzzy about her details. Bindu adds, “We were told she was a widow with a young son whose mother lived at a nearby village. But during her tenure with us, she often mentioned her husband and incidents with him. So I am not really sure about her background. However we believed the agency.”
Bhagya also did not report to work for five days prior to the complaint being filed against her. The family reported this to her agency. She turned up to work on Thursday and was picked up by the Sanjay Nagar police for questioning. According to police sources, the cops found Rs 3500 (approx) in her bag and also Rs 4000 in her house plus new gold jewellery. “Her salary is Rs 4000. You do the math,” says Bindu.
When we contacted the agency, the officials refused to comment on the matter. But employees there say the only thing they do is fingerprint the maid and ensure that they do not have any criminal record. “We can ensure a clean past record. What else can we do?” was their question.
Meanwhile, the maid continued with her version that L Subramaniam had been harassing her for five months for sexual favours, which she didn’t yield to. “He had warned me that he would ruin my reputation and that is why he has filed a complaint against me,” she said.