IT Dept Questions Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa's Wife

by GoNews Desk 4 years ago Views 1639

Novel Lavasa
The Income Tax Department has questioned Novel Lavasa, wife of Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, who had raised objections to speeches delivered by PM Modi during the 2019 general elections. The IT Department is currently scrutinising income tax returns filed by Novel Lavasa.

During the 2019 general elections, the Election Commission had given a clean chit to PM Narendra Modi in a case of violation of the model code of conduct. However, this had been objected to by Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa. Now, the IT Department has issued a notice to his wife Novel Lavasa in a case of tax theft and subjected her to questioning.

The IT Department asked Novel Lavasa about her role as director of 10 companies and quizzed her about the income she earned and the profits she made. The IT Department’s probe is centred around the Income Tax Returns filed by Novel Lavasa in the past five years.

In a statement, Novel Lavasa said, “I have paid the total amount of tax applicable to my earnings from pension and other sources, in compliance with IT rules. I would like to clarify that I hold the position of independent director and take part in professional activities in some companies, in the light of my 28-year-old tenure with the State Bank of India as a class officer and a long experience in the banking sector. I have replied to all the notices issued by the Income Tax department since August 5 and am fully-cooperating in the process of questioning.”

Meanwhile, the issuance of the notice to Novel Lavasa is providing grist for the rumour mill. It is being speculated that she was issued with this notice because her husband, senior bureaucrat Ashok Lavasa, had objected to the clean chit given to PM Modi for his speeches during the 2019 General Elections.

The Modi government has repeatedly faced allegations of using government agencies like CBI, ED and IT to rein in its opponents and gain political mileage.

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