NEW DELHI: DNA test of senior Congress leader ND Tiwari has confirmed that he is the father of 32-year-old Rohit Shekhar.
Revealing the test result, the court said ND Tiwari and Ujjwala Sharma are the biological parents of Rohit.
Justice Reva Khetrapal opened the report in her chamber and declared the result in an open court.
The DNA report confirmed that Tiwari is the biological father of Shekhar. "The report was unsealed and the result has been declared to the extent that as per the DNA report the defendant no.1 (N.D. Tiwari) is the biological father of plaintiff (Shekhar) and defendant no.2 (Ujjwala Sharma) is the biological mother of Shekhar," the judge said.
Tiwari's counsel were not present in court when the judge opened the sealed cover of DNA report and declared the result.
The court stated: "Counsel for the plaintiff (Shekhar) and counsel for defendant no.2 (Shekhar's mother) state that matter was taken in appeal before division bench. Counsel stated that appeal has been dismissed this morning and there is no bar now on opening of sealed cover."
The judge observed that nobody had appeared on Tiwari's behalf even though it was 4 p.m. and nor had any request been made for an adjournment on his behalf.
"... accordingly sealed cover received from The Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), Hyderabad be opened and result placed on the file, and sealed cover will be opened in chamber and result be declared in the open court."
Rohit Shekhar, in 2008 filed the suit claiming to be the biological son of Tiwari.
Tiwari was still in denial mode after his DNA report matched with those of Rohit, and termed the entire episode a well-planned conspiracy to malign his image.
The Delhi High Court on today dismissed the appeal of veteran Congress leader N.D. Tiwari to keep his DNA test report in a paternity suit confidential, saying it should be opened before a single judge bench later in the day.
A division bench of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said the DNA report can be made public in the court, but no copies should be given to any of the parties in the case.
Tiwari Thursday moved the Delhi High Court to keep his DNA test report confidential till the conclusion of hearing in a paternity suit.
Tiwari filed an appeal against the single-judge bench order, seeking the court to protect his right to reputation, and alleged that the single-judge bench has adopted a "shortcut" to decide the suit and it would cause grave injustice to him.
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