New Delhi: The Central Information Commission has directed the External Affairs Ministry to make public details of "private visit" undertaken by its Minister S M Krishna to the United Kingdom in June this year.

Based on media reports that Krishna got his five-day visit in June this year extended to watch a Wimbeldon match, activist Subhash Agrawal had sought to know from the External Affairs Ministry complete information on purpose of the trip and file notings made while planning it.

He also sought to know daily programme schedule of his visit. Both queries were denied by the Ministry saying disclosure may have an impact on foreign relations.

After perusing the file related to the visit of the Foreign Minister, Gandhi said some file specially the pages, where it was mentioned that extended period of visit was private for which the Minister made payments from his pocket, can be disclosed.

"Page six of the noting may be relevant since it mentions that the Foreign Minister's visit for second and third July 2011 was private and payment for these days has been made by the Minister," Gandhi said while directing to disclose this information after severing the sensitive portions.

He accepted the plea of Ministry that the record of discussions of the Foreign Ministers with various people of different countries could not be disclosed.

Gandhi, however, directed the Ministry to disclose Program Schedule made before the visit titled "Suggested Tentative Program for the visit of S M Krishna Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs" after blanking out mobile phone numbers mentioned in files.

(Agencies)