Delhi HC declines N D Tiwari`s plea in paternity suit

Last Updated: Monday, May 24, 2010 - 20:40

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday
declined the plea of veteran Congress leader ND Tiwari to
issue notice to a young man claiming to be his biological son,
seeking deletion of new information added in the paternity
suit.

Tiwari, former Andhra Pradesh Governor, moved an
application seeking a direction to Rohit Shekhar for deleting
a paragraph in which he claimed that in December 2005, he had
made a request at the IGI Airport in Delhi to meet him.

The 84-year-old leader said when Rohit (31), who is
claiming himself to be his biological son, had filed the
lawsuit in 2007 on the issue, he had not mentioned the fact
that he had tried to meet him at the airport in 2005.

"The court did not grant permission to him to file a
fresh petition after incorporating the new facts into the
suit," Tiwari said referring to the March 2008 order of the
court.

However, Rohit`s counsel contended that Tiwari was
adopting a delaying tactics and opposed his plea.

"This issue was not raised for past more than two years
and by raising it now he has adopted a delaying tactic," he
submitted.

Justice J R Midha, who declined Tiwari`s plea, fixed July
16 for hearing the application.

Rohit, in the lawsuit, has alleged that his request to
meet Tiwari was deliberately turned down.

Tiwari said the suit was withdrawn by Rohit`s counsel on
technical ground following High Court`s permission.

The High Court has already fixed July 30 for framing the
issues in the suit and asked all the parties involved in the
case to file their responses within four weeks.

The apex court had on May 10 had dismissed the appeal
filed by Tiwari challenging High Court`s decision to
adjudicate the paternity suit.

Rohit claimed that he was born out of a relationship
between his mother Ujjwala Sharma and Tiwari, a charge denied
by the Congress leader.

Tiwari had earlier refused to undergo DNA test on Rohit`s
plea and denied ever having any physical relationship with his
mother.

He had to resign as Governor after he was purportedly
shown in a sting operation to be in a compromising position
with three women.

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.

PTI



First Published: Monday, May 24, 2010 - 20:40

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