The Jinnah House in South Mumbai is a property of the Government of India and the question of disposing it does not arise, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir informed the House on Wednesday.
The sea facing bungalow that once belonged to Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah does not come under the purview of the Enemy Property Act and the house is under the administration of the Evacuee Property Act, 1950, the minister said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.
"Jinnah's house is a Government of India property and the question of disposing the said property does not arise," Ahir said.
Evacuee property means any property in which an evacuee has no right or interest, whether personally or as a trustee or as a beneficiary or in any other capacity.
Jinnah's House - South Court - is an unoccupied property in Malabar Hill, a premium neighbourhood of Mumbai.
The house was built by Jinnah and remained his main residence till he left India following the Partition.
(With inputs from agencies)