New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to shield disgraced Congress leader ND Tiwari from a judicial proceeding aimed at conducting his DNA test to know if he is the biological father of Rohit Sekhar.
A bench of Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan and Justice Deepak Verma declined to accord an early hearing to the former Andhra Pradesh Governor`s plea to suspend a Delhi High Court order seeking his stand to Sekhar`s plea for his DNA test to ascertain the latter`s paternity.
Appearing for Tiwari, counsel ADN Rao apprised the bench of his client`s plea against the High Court`s April 7 order, pending with the apex court registry and awaiting its slated date of hearing in July.
Rao pleaded for an early hearing of Tiwari`s plea saying his client has to respond to the High Court`s order before May 20, failing which he will have to put up a personal appearance before it.
The apex court bench refused to advance the date of hearing, rendering his plea virtually ineffective.
The Delhi High Court had sought the response of the 83-year-old Tiwari, who had to resign as the Andhra Pradesh governor in December after a Telugu television channel showed pictures of an elderly man purported to be Tiwari in bed with three young women in the Raj Bhavan.
Giving a deadline of four weeks to file his response, the court said that Tiwari will have to personally appear before it in case he fails to file a written reply.
The court had passed the order on Shekhar`s paternity suit. The man claimed that he was born out of a relationship between his mother Ujjwala Sharma and Tiwari, a charge denied by the latter.