Tiwari biological father of Rohit: DNA test confirms

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New Delhi, Jul 27: DNA test results have confirmed that senior Congress leader ND Tiwari is the biological father of 32-year-old Rohit Shekhar. The Delhi High Court on Friday gave the details of the test, which was carried out after Shekhar moved court claiming Tiwari was his biological father.

Earlier, the Delhi High Court on Friday rejected plea of veteran Congress leader ND Tiwari for not to open his DNA report before a single judge bench which is looking after the paternity suit of a local youth, Rohit Shekhar, who claimed to be the leader's son.

The court allowed Justice Reva Khetrapal, who decided to open Tiwari's DNA report along with those of Shekhar and his mother Ujjwala Sharma, to declare the test result in open court on Friday, but asked her not to give its copies to any party in the case.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said not opening the DNA report might lead to a lengthy trial and said the decision was in tune with Supreme Court's direction to maintain confidentiality on Tiwari's DNA profile.

Tiwari's counsel and senior advocate Mukul Gupta wanted the single judge's order to be quashed or to provide protection till the apex court clarified its May 24 order on the issue of confidentiality.

Plaintiff Rohit Shekhar's lawyer Amit Sibbal opposed the plea and said the truth must come out as early as possible. He said they did not want a lengthy trial for Tiwari was a very old man and if anything happened to him, the suit might end up to be unfruitful.

Tiwari had given blood sample for the DNA test on May 29 at his residence in Dehradun after the apex court gave an order. He had also protested against undergoing the test on many grounds.

Rohit Shekhar had filed the paternity suit in 2008, claiming the veteran Congress leader to be his biological father.

The Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad, recently submitted the sealed DNA reports of Tiwari, Shekhar and his mother Ujjawala Sharma to the high court.

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