Frame issues in paternity suit against Tiwari: SC

Last Updated: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 14:16

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday asked
the trial judge to frame issues in a paternity suit filed
against veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari by a man claiming
to be his biological son.

A bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan also
made it clear that the issues be framed without being
influenced by the observations made by the single judge and
division benches of the Delhi High Court.

It also said that if an application is made for
in-camera hearing, it may be considered by the trial judge.

During the hearing, senior advocate Harish Salve,
appearing for the senior Congress leader, vehemently opposed
the idea of subjecting 84-year-old Tiwari to a DNA test.

He alleged that the law suit has been filed to malign
and tarnish the image of Tiwari and for "cheap" media
publicity.

However, P S Patwaria, counsel for Rohit Shekhar, who
claims to be Tiwari`s biological son, contended that the issue
would be settled once the court permits the DNA test.

The Congress veteran had to resign as Andhra Pradesh
Governor after he was purportedly shown in a compromising
position with three women in a sting operation by a TV channel
in December last year.

Tiwari had approached the apex court against the High
Court decision of adjudicating the paternity suit.

Shekhar, grandson of a former Union minister, had
filed the suit claiming he was born out of a relationship
between his mother Ujjwala Sharma and Tiwari, a charge denied
by the Congress leader.

Tiwari, in an affidavit filed before the Delhi High
Court, had categorically refused to undergo the DNA test in
the paternity row.

The High Court had also sought a "specific" response
on each of the more than 100 photographs, placed before it, in
which Tiwari is purportedly seen with Shekhar and his mother
on various occasions since his birth.

PTI



First Published: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 14:16

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