Generally a BMW is considered to be a prized gift. It’s rare that someone thinks the luxurious car is a burden. In this case, circumstances have played the spoilsport. Tanmaya Shekhawat cracked one of the toughest examinations in the country to secure admission to IITs this year. Subsequently, the institute, which trained him, presented keys of a BMW. In a dramatic turn of events, Tanmaya’s father Rajeshwar Singh Shekhawat said, “I asked the institute director to sell the car and give us the money, or keep the car and gift something else to my son, even a laptop.” Meanwhile, Rajeshwar, a school teacher in Rajasthan’s Churu, cited the high maintenance and running costs the vehicle for his decision, according to a report. Meanwhile, Tanmaya joined IIT-Bombay for a degree in computer engineering. Recently there was controversy over a BMW car which was gifted to gymnastics sensation Dipa Karmakar following her heroics at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar had presented the keys of the car to her. Dipa candidly expressed that roads in Agartala are too narrow for a BMW and also the city does not have a single BMW showroom or service centre. Dipa’s father Dulal said a technician would have to fly from Kolkata in case of any mechanical difficulty. “We have to bear the entire cost in that case,” he had said.
According to HT report, “Even if we take the 28-lakh rupee as a gift we’ll have to pay 33% of the amount as tax. From where do we bring 9 lakh rupees? The car has very low mileage and one service costs Rs 85,000,” Rajeshwar said. It is learned that Rajeshwar even have expressed their wish to sell the car. “Earlier they wanted to keep it. They said the boy’s maternal uncle in Mumbai could keep it. Now they want to sell it as they need money for the treatment of the boy’s mother, who is a kidney patient,” RL Poonia, director of Samarpan Career Institute at Sikar, said.
The vehicle is worth Rs. 27.5 lakh and has done 1,500km since it was bought two years ago by RL Poonia. Though gifts and rewards are not uncommon among the numerous coaching institutes in the state, it was perhaps the first time such an expensive vehicle has been given to a topper.
According to the report, Poonia said he will put up the car for sale at a function to mark the institute’s foundation day on December 15. “It’s an expensive car with a different clientele and it will be difficult to find a buyer for the car. The boy’s family is free to sell the car themselves too.”