HC issues notice to ND Tiwari on paternity suit

Last Updated: Friday, January 8, 2010 - 11:47

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday issued notice to veteran politician and former Andhra Pradesh
Governor ND Tiwari on a paternity suit filed by a youth
claiming to be his biological son.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice A P Shah asked Tiwari
to give his response by February 9 on the suit filed by Rohit
Shekhar, 30, seeking its direction to declare Tiwari is his
biological father.

Shekhar filed an appeal before a Division Bench
challenging a single-bench order which had dismissed his
petition on the ground that it was not maintainable.

Justice S N Dhingra had on November 3 last said the
suit filed by Shekhar is not maintainable and allowed the plea
of 84-year-old Tiwari who had sought dismissal of the
petition.

The Court had said it has no territorial jurisdiction
to hear the case as Tiwari, then Andhra Pradesh Governor, was
in Hyderabad and a suit against him could be filed only in
that city.

The appeal comes within days of Tiwari resigning
as Governor in the wake of a sex scandal with a news channel
purportedly showing him in a compromising position with three
women. Tiwari has dismissed the allegation as "baseless".

A law graduate, Shekhar, 30, filed the suit claiming
he was born out of an intimate relationship between his mother
Ujjwala Sharma and Tiwari, a charge denied by the latter.

Tiwari was earlier directed by the court in November
2008 to file his reply in which he had refuted all the
allegations and submitted that the suit was filed to malign
him.

PTI



First Published: Friday, January 8, 2010 - 11:47

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