Teen Murti Bhavan issue: JNMF asked to appear before quasi-judicial body

NEW DELHI: The Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund (JNMF) has been asked to appear before a quasi-judicial body of the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry within seven days in connection with the alleged illegal possession of the Teen Murti Bhavan premises.

The Ministry’s direction comes days after it issued a notice to the JNMF, chaired by senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, to vacate the property.

“A notice has been issued to the JNMF, asking it to appear before the quasi-judicial authority and present its stand on the matter.

“Also, the Directorate of Estates will be heard. After hearing both the sides, the quasi-judicial authority will issue an order,” a senior official, who did not wish to be named, said.

A row had erupted after the Ministry issued an eviction notice to the Fund last month.

A source said the Ministry was not satisfied with the JNMF’s response to the eviction notice.

In its notice, the Ministry had said the JNMF was being asked to vacate its premises at Teen Murti Bhavan to preserve the legacy of “other former prime minister’s of India”. (AGENCIES