HC rejects N D Tiwari''s plea against fine of Rs 75,000

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New Delhi, Feb 25 (PTI) The Delhi High Court todaydismissed the plea of veteran Congress leader N D Tiwariseeking waiver of cost of Rs 75,000 imposed on him during thehearing of a petition of a 31-year-old man claiming to be hisbiological son.

"The review petition is dismissed," a division benchof Justices Vikrmajit Sen and Mukta Gupta said.

The 85-year-old leader had sought review of an earlierorder of the bench which had upheld the ruling of a singlejudge, imposing a cost of Rs 75,000 on him.

The order of the single judge had asked Tiwari toundergo a DNA test to ascertain the claim of Rohit Shekharthat he was his biological son and imposed the fine onhim for seeking deletion of certain contents from Shekhar''spetition.

The order regarding the imposition of cost on Tiwariwas later upheld by the division bench which was againapproached by the Congress leader. The plea has now been againrejected.

Meanwhile, Rohit has filed an application before asingle judge bench seeking modification of the earlier ordersaying the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology atHyderabad, which was authorised to conduct the DNA test, wasno more conducting such test.

"By way of the present application, the plaintiff(Rohit Shekhar) seeks modification of the said order to thelimited extent that the designated institution for thispurpose may be changed to the Centre for DNA, Fingerprintingand Diagnostics (CDFD), Hyderabad," the application said.

The hearing on Rohit''s plea will be taken up on Marchone as Justice Gita Mittal did not hold the court today.

Earlier, the bench had dismissed Tiwari''s appealagainst the single judge order asking him to undergo DNA teston a plea made by Rohit claiming to be his biological son.

"Irreparable loss is bound to visit the plaintiff(Rohit Shekhar) if the orders under the application are notimmediately passed in as much as the suit itself may berendered infructuous and vital evidence may be lost forever,"the bench had said.

Rohit has claimed that he was born out of the leader''salleged relationship with his mother Ujjawala Sharma.

Tiwari, a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh andUttarakhand, who had also held key ministerial portfolios atthe Centre, was forced to resign as Andhra Pradesh Governor in2009 amid allegations of sexual misconduct against himfollowing the airing of a sting operation in news channelspurportedly with some women.

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