Delhi HC summons Andhra Governor to reply on paternity suit issue

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New Delhi, Nov 25 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today directed Andhra Pradesh Governor Narain Dutt Tiwari to appear in the court on December 16 in connection with a paternity suit filed by a 29-year-old man.

Justice Reva Khetrapal, who had earlier issued a notice to Mr Tiwari to reply in this regard, directed him to appear personally and explain to the court his stand.

Tiwari had earlier denied the allegation and said he cannot be coerced into a DNA test.

The four-time chief minister is battling a paternity suit filed by Rohit Shekhar, the 29-year-old grandson of a former Union minister. The case admitted in April 2008 came up for hearing today.

In his reply to the Delhi High Court notice, the octogenarian, now Andhra Pradesh governor, denied the allegation that he is Rohit's father and refused to undergo a DNA test.

Mr Tiwari has acknowledged his association with Rohit's mother Ujjwala Sharma but challenged the petitioner on grounds of jurisdiction (of the court), limitation (Tiwari says Rohit should have filed the suit within three years of turning 18) and cause of action (Tiwari asks what grounds Rohit has to file the case now).

The petitioner's grandfather Sher Singh, who was minister of state for defence in Indira Gandhi's government, has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and the entire Congress Working Committee accusing Tiwari of avoiding responsibility towards his son.

Tiwari was the Indian Youth Congress president when he came in touch with Sher Singh in 1967. The following year, Ujjwala was appointed joint secretary in the women's wing of the Youth Congress, then headed by Nandini Sathpathy.

Tiwari, in his reply to the court notice, described Rohit's mother as an unchaste woman and accused the petitioner of acting at her behest.

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