JNMF had moved Delhi HC against the notice issued by the ministry’s Estate Officer for its eviction. The government had argued that JNMF’s occupation of the Teen Murti Estate is “illegal”. JNMF, in turn, challenged the proceedings alleging they were initiated with a “malafide intent” and were “politically motivated with a clear covert aim to destroy Nehru’s legacy”. In the petition by Congress leader and advocate Kapil Sibal, JNMF contended that the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML), as well as the JNMF office do not qualify as ‘public premises’, and that the JNMF office is a property of the NMML Society. It also argued that JNMF has occupied its current office since 1964 and has had an intricate relation with the Nehru Memorial Library, having contributed to its large corpus of manuscripts, books and personal documents of former PM Nehru.