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Jinnah House in Mumbai belongs to India, not Pakistan's property: Govt

The Jinnah House on Malabar Hill in Mumbai was designed by architect Claude Batley in European style and Pakistan's founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah lived there in the late 1930s

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Jinnah House, Mumbai Jinnah house,
Jinnah House in Mumbai. (Credit: Kamlesh Pednekar)

Thursday strongly rejected Pakistan's claim of ownership of the House in and said the property belongs to it.

"has no locus standi as far as this property is concerned. It is a government of India's property and we are in the process of renovating it," said.

The House on in was designed by in European style and Pakistan's founder Mohammad Ali lived there in the late 1930s. has been demanding that the property be handed over to it for housing its consulate.

Kumar said the government is considering putting the into use on the lines of the here. The government uses the for holding meetings and hosting banquets for foreign dignitaries.

The MEA spokesperson's comments came on a day asserted that the belonged to it and any attempt by to take the building under its control will not be accepted.

"We have a claim over it (Jinnah House) and we do not accept that anyone tries to take custody of it. They (Indians) have already accepted that it belongs to Pakistan. We have record of it. They (Indians) have accepted that it belong to Pakistan," said in

Pakistan's claim over the property came days after Sushma Swaraj, in a letter to Mumbai Mangal Prabhat Lodha, said the government was in the process of renovating the

Jinnah's daughter had in August 2007 approached the claiming that being the sole legal heir of Jinnah, she should get the possession of the house. After her death, her son and is carrying on the litigation.

Asked about the court case initiated by Dina Wadia, Kumar said, "It has nothing to do with who is contesting. This property belongs to government of India," adding the nationality of the petitioner is not in question.

First Published: Thu, December 20 2018. 19:25 IST
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