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SC dismisses German national`s Pawar lineage plea

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition of an India-born German national who claimed to be the son of a brother of Union Minister Sharad Pawar.



New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition of an India-born German national who claimed to be the son of a brother of Union Minister Sharad Pawar and had sought a direction to the Maharashtra Police to help him locate his biological mother.

"How can you expect them (police) to trace her out after 37 years?" a bench of Justices Markandeya Katju and TS Thakur observed while dismissing Arun Dohle`s appeal.

The apex court, however, permitted Arun to peruse in the court the records of the NGO Kusumbai Motichand Mahila Seva Gram (KMMSG) to trace out the address given by his biological mother at the time of relinquishing him for adoption by a German couple in 1973.

It rejected the argument of the NGO that Dohle could not peruse the documents as it was a confidential matter. "Show it to him. He is entitled to it," the bench said.

Earlier, the Maharashtra government had informed the court that there was no truth in the claim of the man that he was related to the family of Sharad Pawar through one of his brothers and submitted a police report in this regard.

According to Arun, he was born on July 31, 1973, at Sassoon Hospital in Pune. A German couple, Michael and Gertrude Dohle, had adopted him four weeks later from the NGO after his mother reportedly abandoned him. He claimed to be the son of the brother of the Union Minister.

He settled in Germany but later came back to India to locate his biological mother.

The German national said he suspected the institution had kidnapped him as a baby and separated him from his mother. He submitted that he also suspected that the abandonment theory was a ploy to facilitate his adoption.

Arun, through counsel Senthil Jagadeesan, alleged in the apex court that for the past eight years, he has been rebuffed by the NGO which was refusing to reveal her identity.

The Mumbai police too refused to help him in tracing his biological mother, he alleged.

The Bombay High Court had in 2005 dismissed his plea, following which he appealed in the apex court.

In 2005, the apex court had asked the Maharashtra Director General of Police to place in a sealed cover a report on Arun`s biological connection.

PTI

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