New Delhi: After denying if for a long time, veteran Congress politician ND Tiwari has finally accepted Rohit Shekhar, who took him to court in paternity battle, as his son, reports NDTV.
"I have accepted that Rohit Shekhar is my son. The DNA test also proved he is my biological son," said Tiwari.
NDTV also reports that the 89-year-old leader even invited Rohit over his residence and had an emotional and light hearted discussion with him.
Shekhar, 32, had filed a paternity suit in 2008 seeking to declare Tiwari as his biological father. Tiwari, however, repeatedly denied the claims.
The Delhi High Court on July 27, 2012, read out a DNA report in the case, according to which Tiwari was shown as Shekhar's biological father.
The case is still under hearing in the Delhi High Court, but with Tiwari finally accepting Rohit as his son, an out of court settlement is expected to be coming soon.
Earlier, on Friday Delhi High Court dismissed a plea by Tiwari seeking mediation. Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw dismissed Tiwari's plea after Rohit Shekha and his mother Ujjwala Sharma refused to mediate saying they would contest the case.
Taking note of the contentions, the court fixed the case for final hearing on April 21.
Tiwari, who has been fighting the legal battle from 2008, had moved an application saying he wants to explore the possibility of "amicable settlement" through mediation in the interest of justice.
On February 20, the local commissioner appointed by the court to record evidence, had closed the right to lead the evidence of Tiwari after he failed to appear for cross-examination despite his last opportunity.