January 20, 2021 | 6:05 AM IST

Ashok Lavasa to make a premature exit as Election Commissioner

In a surprise move, the Regional Development Bank on Wednesday announced that the Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa will take over as the Vice President for Private Sector Operations and Public-Private Partnership at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). 

Lavasa will succeed Diwakar Gupta who will be completing his term on August 31 and will be succeeded by Sushil Chandra in the EC’s Office. Sources reveal that his appointment to the ADB has the backing of the union government and he will serve the post for three years.  

With this, the Lavasa becomes the second EC after Nagendra Singh to step down before the completion of his term in October 2022.  

A retired IAS officer from Haryana cadre (1980 batch), Lavasa joined as EC on January 23, 2018, and prior to it, had held key positions including that of Environment Secretary, Civil Aviation Secretary, and Union Finance Secretary. He also served as a Joint Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs and handled issues pertaining to ADB.

It may be recollected that during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Lavasa had opposed the clean chit given to PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah over the violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

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