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Atishi moves HC for clearance for UK visit | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: Delhi education minister Atishi moved the high court on Tuesday seeking a direction to the Centre to take a call on granting clearances to enable her to visit the United Kingdom (UK) next week. The plea is likely to come up for hearing on Wednesday. Her plea informs the HC that the minister has been invited by Cambridge University to speak at a conference on ‘India at 100:Towards Becoming a Global Leader’ to be held on June 15. The proposed visit, Atishi’s petition said, is significant for Delhi’s governance as it will allow the city government to “showcase the leaps” made in areas of education, health, and urban development. Her plea contends that any further delay in granting clearance to the visit would defeat the purpose of the visit, adding that such a restriction also violates her personal liberty. It also contends 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. According to the plea, Delhi government accorded administrative clearance for travel last month, but the Centre “has only been responding” with queries and clarification after the lieutenant governor forwarded the proposal to it, thus delaying the whole process, including applying for a visa. “The proposal was forwarded to the central government for processing of further clearance. It has been more than 10 days now, and no clearance has been issued yet.”