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Delhi HC Stays Modi Govt’s Eviction Notice To Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund

Established in 1964, the JNMF has been at the Teen Murti Bhavan since 1967.

The Delhi High Court stayed the eviction notice issued to the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund (JNMF) on Thursday. The notice was sent on October 23 by the government’s Estate Officer (EO). The High Court also issued a notice to the officer.

The eviction notice sent to the JNMF had asked the organisation to vacate from its Teen Murti Bhavan premises within 15 days.


The JNMF, chaired by former Congress President Sonia Gandhi, had moved the Delhi High Court against the eviction notice. JNMF has been at the Teen Murti Bhavan since 1967, three years since it relocated to the premises after being established in 1964. While it is termed to be at the Teen Murti Bhavan, it is not a part of the building itself but is located separately.

The reason that government has cited in seeking to evict the JNMF, is that it is planning to build a museum for all Indian prime ministers in the Teen Murti Bhavan.

Teen Murti Bhavan, which was the official residence of freedom fighter and India’s first prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, was converted to a memorial to Nehru’s life and the Indian freedom struggle, after his death. Teen Murti Bhavan also houses the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.  The current Narendra Modi-led government’s plans for the teen Murti Bhavan have been seen as a ploy to erase the legacy of Jawaharlal Nehru.

Upon receiving the eviction notice, JNMF had stated that it was “fully entitled to using this property (Teen Murti Bhavan) as it has functioned in the public interest over the past half century or more in fulfilment of both its own objects and those of the (Nehru Memorial Museum and Library)”.

 

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