Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, a largely unknown name to most till a few days back, is now being featured at the front page of newspapers ever since he made his dissent over EC clean chits to Amit Shah and Narendra Modi public. Many, especially those in favour of the opposition are hailing the former IAS officer as a symbol of integrity.
However, as it is said that there are both benefits and losses of being famous. With the name of Ashok Lavasa coming into forefront, now latest revelations have emerged about the wife Lavasa bagging top portfolios in big companies mysteriously since 2015.
In February 2015, Novel Singhal Lavasa became a director of sugar company Balrampur Chini Mills Limited. This was at a time when her husband was was a Secretary in the Environment Ministry. This sudden professional progress of Novel Singhal Lavasa whose previous biggest portfolio was being an Assistant General Manager in SBI around 2005, further picked up pace when her husband became a secretary in the Finance Ministry in 2016.
Here is list of companies that appointed Novel Singhal Lavasa as a Director since 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 Rajastan 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.
Ashok Lavasa reportedly had very good relations with former Finahce Minister P Chidambaram and was also in good terms with Arun Jaitley before retiring in 2017.