HC notice to lab for DNA test on ND Tiwari

The Delhi High Court issued a notice to Hyderabad-based laboratory seeking its response on modalities to conduct DNA test on veteran Congress leader ND Tiwari.

Last Updated: Apr 04, 2011, 19:34 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday issued
a notice to Hyderabad-based laboratory seeking its response on
modalities to conduct DNA test on veteran Congress leader ND
Tiwari to ascertain the plea of a 31-year-old man claiming to
be his biological son.

Joint Registrar Deepak Garg has sought a response on
April 20, the next date of hearing, from the Centre for DNA,
Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) which was recently asked
by Justice Gita Mittal to conduct the test on 85-year-old
Tiwari.

The response of the laboratory was required as to how it
would go for the test and how much time it will take in
ascertaining the outcome, Garg said.

The Joint Registrar would record evidence for enabling
the regular court to decide the plea of Rohit Shekhar that he
be declared the son of veteran Congress leader.

Earlier, Justice Mittal had modified an earlier order
by asking CDFD, instead of Centre for Cellular and Molecular
Biology (CCMB), to conduct the DNA test.

Shekhar had submitted the CCMB, which was initially asked
to conduct the test, was no more conducting such tests.

The octogenarian leader received a jolt as the Supreme
Court had refused to stay the High Court order asking him to
undergo DNA test in the paternity case.

Earlier, the High Court had dismissed Tiwari`s appeal
against the single judge order asking him to undergo DNA test
on a plea made by Rohit claiming to be his biological son.

"Irreparable loss is bound to visit the plaintiff (Rohit
Shekhar) if the orders under the application are not
immediately passed in as much as the suit itself may be
rendered infructuous and vital evidence may be lost forever,"
the bench had said.

Rohit has claimed he was born out of the leader`s alleged
relationship with his mother Ujjawala Sharma.

Tiwari, a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and
Uttarakhand, was forced to resign as Andhra Pradesh Governor
in 2009 amid allegations of sexual misconduct against him
following the airing of a sting operation in news channels
purportedly with some women.

PTI