The tax department also surveyed the books of accounts of Nourish Organic Foods Ltd, a company in which his son Abir Lavasa is a director and holds 10,000 shares as part of an employee stock option plan last financial year.
She is the wife of Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa who, during the campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, had on five occasions opposed the clean chit given by the Election Commission to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then BJP president Amit Shah
Sunil Arora also defended the clean chits given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah on complaints related to model code violations, saying decisions were taken on merit and on "appreciation of facts".
The clean chit was given despite Lavasa’s request on file for further clarification from NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on whether the government think tank had indeed sought information from the collectors of Gondia, Wardha and Latur, and if the information was used for the PM’s visit.
The Indian Express had first reported that Lavasa had, on five occasions, opposed clean chits given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah on charges of violating the MCC during their campaign for the Lok Sabha polls.
Stating that his minority decisions “continue to be suppressed in a manner contrary to well-established conventions
observed by multi-member statutory bodies”, Lavasa wrote on May 16, “In the present circumstances, I am left with no option but to keep away from such proceedings. Further, I may also take recourse to other requisite measures in respect of the above.”
“Mr Ashok Lavasa, EC, complained that his ‘dissent’ was not being recorded and hence decided to stay away from meetings of the Commission. The CEC has replied that silence is eloquent...,” said Chidambaram.
His statement was released in the wake of reports that Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa has, since May 4, recused himself from EC meetings on violations of the Model Code of Conduct as his dissenting opinion in the three-member panel was not recorded.