Tiwari asked to complete DNA formalities for paternity suit

Monday, February 7, 2011

NEW DELHI - The Delhi High Court Monday gave Congress leader N.D. Tiwari a day to complete the formalities regarding a DNA test on a petition filed by a young man claiming to be his biological son.

Justices Vikramjit Sen and Siddharth Mridul asked someone to appear on behalf of Tiwari and complete all the formalities before the joint registrar Tuesday. Till then, the order on his plea opposing the DNA test in paternity suit is reserved.

Rohit Shekhar, 31, claims to be the biological son born out of an alleged relationship between his mother Ujjwala Sharma and the Congress leader.

Tiwari, who had held the posts of chief minister of undivided Uttar Pradesh and later Uttarakhand, opposed the paternity suit filed by Rohit.

Tiwari, who last year resigned as Andhra Pradesh governor in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct, countered the claims and said he never had any physical relationship with Ujjwala, who is also a Congress activist. Rohit, he said, was not entitled to seek a DNA test as a matter of right.

On Dec 23, the Delhi High Court had ordered Tiwari to undergo the DNA test to ascertain Shekhar’s claim.

A single-member bench of Justice S. Ravindra Bhatt said: “It cannot disregard the right of a child to know about his or her biological father.”

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