New Delhi: Senior Congress leader N D Tiwari
has refused to undergo DNA test following a plea by a man
claiming to be his biological son and denied of ever having
any physical relationship with his mother.
In an affidavit filed in the Delhi High Court, the
former Governor of Andhra Pradesh hit back at the woman
Ujjwala Sharma, who is also a Congress leader, and her son
Rohit Shekhar saying "he did not have and never had any
physical relationship with her".
"The plaintiff(Rohit) is not entitled to seek DNA test as
a matter of right. The same is contrary not only to law but
also to equity," the 84-year-old leader said adding "to say
that he developed a liking for her(Ujjwala) and that after
8-10 years they entered into a relationship is scandalous and
"The plaintiff(Rohit) is not his son. The question of
acknowledging anything as alleged is denied. Every
allegation/insinuation is denied," he said adding he was a
devoted husband during that period.
Tiwari`s response came on a paternity suit filed by
Rohit, grandson of a former union minister, claiming he was
born out of a relationship between his mother and Tiwari.
"The plaintiff (Rohit) seeks a declaration that he be
declared as his illegitimate son. In other words, decree
prayed will have the effect of branding him as a bastard and
his mother as an unchaste woman. Such a decree sought
necessarily to be against public interest and public policy,"
he further said.
Earlier the High Court had directed the veteran Congress
leader to file a response on why DNA test should not be
conducted on him to ascertain the allegation made by a man
claiming to be his biological son.
The court, which hinted that the leader might have to
undergo DNA test to ascertain the allegations in the paternity
row, also sought a specific response on each of the more than
100 photographs in which Tiwari is seen with Rohit Shekhar and
his mother on various occasions since his birth.
In his 60-page affidavit, Tiwari said "the present suit
is the result of a deep-rooted criminal conspiracy to defame
and tarnish his image and harm his reputation as a person and
as public figure."
"The sole aim is to grab the assets of the answering
defendant and in the process to harm his reputation and to
ruin his political career," he said.
Tiwari had to resign as Governor of Andhra Pradesh after
he was purportedly shown to be in a compromising position with
three women in a sting operation.
Earlier, the High Court had dismissed the plea by Tiwari
who sought dismissal of the petition on the ground that it was
filed 31 years after the petitioner was born in order to
malign his character.