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Singapore visit row: Delhi Minister moves HC against ‘political clearances’

In wake of the controversy on the approval of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s go to to Singapore which didn’t land on time, state Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot moved a plea concerning a complete guideline on political clearances for visits overseas.
NEW DELHI: In wake of the controversy on the approval of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s go to to Singapore which didn’t land on time, state Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot moved a plea concerning a complete guideline on political clearances for visits overseas.

Justice Yashwant Varma briefly heard Abhishek Manu Singhvi, counsel for Gahlot, whose plea mentioned that political clearance from the Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) for private overseas visits of state authorities ministers violates their proper to privateness and the dignity of the constitutional workplace.

“The Chief Minister was previously denied permission to attend the C-40 World Mayors’ Summit in Copenhagen in 2019. The petitioner, who holds the portfolio of transport in the council of ministers had also requested clearance to visit London on the invitation of ‘Transport for London’ but there was not even a response from the concerned authorities in the Central government till the time the request became infructuous,” the plea learn.

It mentioned: “..the petitioner is directly impacted by the draconian and invasive regime requiring clearances for even personal visits abroad made by state ministers. Being an important stakeholder in the Delhi model of urban governance and managing a significant part of urban design, the The petitioner is deeply interested in ensuring that the Delhi government feature in national and international fora.”

After Singhvi’s submissions, the courtroom granted him liberty to file a further affidavit backing his plea, and posted for additional listening to for August 22.

A brand new disagreement has erupted between the Middle and state, after Kejriwal lastly dropped the plan to attend the World Cities Summit at Singapore following delay in permissions from the Lt Governor.

“Only the Central government can be held responsible for CM Arvind Kejriwal not being able to attend the World Cities Summit in Singapore and the subsequent humiliation the country has had to face. The file regarding clearance for Chief Minister’s visit was sent to the LG on June 7 itself. The LG sat on the file for one and a half months and returned the file on July 21. By then, not only had there been a lot of delay, but the deadline till July 20 to complete the travel formalities had also passed ,” the Delhi authorities had mentioned in an announcement after the incident.

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