Monday, April 4, 2011

HC sends notice to lab for DNA test on Tiwari

New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Monday issued a notice to Hyderabadbased laboratory seeking its response on modalities to conduct DNA test on veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari to ascertain the plea of a 31-year-old man claiming to be his biological son.

Joint registrar Deepak Garg has sought a response on April 20, the next date of hearing, from the Centre for DNA, Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) which was recently asked by Justice Gita Mittal to conduct the test on 85-year-old Tiwari. The response of the laboratory was required as to how it would go for the test and how much time it will take in ascertaining the outcome, Garg said.

The Joint registrar would record evidence for enabling the regular court to decide the plea of Rohit Shekhar that he be declared the son of veteran Congress leader. Earlier, Justice Mittal had modifed an earlier order by asking CDFD, instead of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), to conduct the DNA test.

Shekhar had submitted the CCMB, which was initially asked to conduct the test, was no more conducting such tests. The octogenarian leader received a jolt as the Supreme Court had refused to stay the high court order asking him to undergo DNA test in the paternity case.

Earlier, the High Court had dismissed Tiwari’s appeal against the single judge order asking him to undergo DNA test on 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 not immediately passed in as much as the suit itself may be rendered infructuous and vital evidence may be lost forever,” the bench had said.

Rohit has claimed he was born out of the leader’s alleged relationship with his mother Ujjawala Sharma. Tiwari, a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, was forced to resign as Andhra Pradesh Governor in 2009 amid allegations of sexual misconduct against him following the airing of a sting operation in news channels purportedly with some women.

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