Tiwari's plea to stay proceedings rejected

Last Updated: Wed, May 16, 2012 14:43 hrs

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday rejected veteran Congress leader and former Andhra Pradesh governor ND Tiwari's plea to stay proceedings connected to a paternity suit filed by Rohit Shekhar.

Shekhar claimed he was the 86-year-old Tiwari´s son born to Congress activist Ujjwala and wanted a declaration to that effect.

The court ordered its registry to bring the veteran to the court by taking police help in order to get his blood sample for a DNA test.

The court will make further hearing in the case on May 21 before the Joint Registrar.

The Joint Registrar will select the date on which Tiwari´s blood samples will be collected.

The Delhi High Court on Monday directed Tiwari to inform it within two days whether he was ready to give his blood sample for a DNA test in connection to a paternity test case.

The High Court said in case Tiwari is unwilling to give his sample, police force would be used to get it.

It also directed him not to leave India till he gives his blood sample for the test.

The Supreme Court on May 1 had directed the veteran Congress leader to give his blood sample for a DNA test.

The apex court had negated Tiwari´s plea that stated he should not be forced to give blood sample as it was an attempt to malign him.

Tiwari´s blood sample is required to find out whether Shekhar is his biological son.

The Delhi High Court on April 27 ordered Tiwari could be compelled to give blood sample for DNA test in connection to the case if he did not cooperate.

Shekhar had claimed that Tiwari began neglecting him and his mother after 1995 and refused to meet him after becoming the Uttaranchal chief minister. He wanted a DNA test to confirm that Tiwari is his biological father.

Tiwari is no stranger to controversy surrounding his personal life.

Tiwari´s five-decade-old political career came to a virtual end after a news channel in 2009 showed clippings of an elderly man purported to be Tiwari in bed with three young women in the Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad.

A few days later, Tiwari resigned as the Andhra Pradesh governor citing health grounds.

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