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Atishi Marlena News: Centre clears Delhi education minister Atishi’s official UK visit | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Wednesday informed Delhi High Court that it had cleared education minister Atishi’s travel to the United Kingdom for an official visit next week. It said the proposal had been sent to the economic affairs department for further approvals, which would also be processed, and the minister could apply for requisite visa permits. While Atishi’s lawyer said the clearance was given by the ministry of external affairs on Wednesday morning, the counsel for the Centre said it was granted on Tuesday itself, the day she approached the court. “Political clearance has been granted. No need for any direction,” the government’s lawyer informed Justice Chandra Dhari Singh. The court told the Centre to clear the pending approval as well because it was “just a formality” after the MEA’s nod. Agreeing with the judge, the Centre’s counsel said, “Once political clearance is done, then no department comes in the way. ” In her plea, Atishi stated that she had been invited in her official capacity by Cambridge University to speak at a conference on “India at 100:Towards Becoming a Global Leader” to be held on June 15. She said that she had to travel to the UK from June 14 to 20 and urged the court to direct the finance ministry to process the pending proposal within a day. The plea also contended that requiring constitutional functionaries and ministers in state government to seek the Centre’s “political clearance” for travelling abroad violates the dignity and independence of a constitutional office.