After the exposé of abuse of power as a Government Secretary, the controversial Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa’s wife, and son have resigned from the Directorships of several private companies. The ethics preaching Ashok Lavasa was first exposed by PGurus’s article detailing his wife Novel Singhal Lavasa’s Directorship in 12 private companies. The Retired Bank Manager Novel Lavasa was seen entering as Director of big corporates from 2015 onwards when her husband was the Government Secretary in Power, Environment and Finance Ministries. In May 2019, PGurus wrote a detailed article on this unethical activity and abuse of power by Ashok Lavasa’s family members.
Later his wife was served notice by Income Tax and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after the disclosure of her Directorship in 12 private companies. His son Abhir was also caught for Directorship in Ventura capital firms and other companies when Ashok Lavasa was the Finance Secretary. The ED has issued a notice for huge investments of around Rs.8 crores in Nourish Organic Foods Private Limited after Lavasa’s son became a Director in the firm.
Here is a list of companies that appointed Novel Singhal Lavasa as Director from 2015: Welspun Solar Tech Private Limited, Welspun Solar Punjab Private Limited, Balrampur Chini Mills Limited, Welspun Urja Gujarat Private Limited, Omax Autos Limited, Powerlinks Transmission Limited, Welspun Energy Rajasthan Private Limited, Dugar Hydro Power Limited, Dreisatz Mysolar 24 Pvt Limited, Walwhan Wind RJ Ltd, Mi Mysolar 24 Pvt Limited, and Walwhan Urja Anjar Limited. Probe agencies say that as Environmental and Power Secretary, Ashok Lavasa helped many of these firms and they might have been obliged to make the then Government Secretary’s wife as Director.
Now after being caught red-handed, Ashok Lavasa’s wife and son started resigning from these companies. It is high time the investigating agencies probed the affairs of Ashok Lavasa during his tenure as a Government Secretary in powerful Ministries.