Delhi HC to hear paternity suit against NDT on April 7
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 18, 2010, 00:39
  
New Delhi: In a setback to scandal-hit veteran Congress leader and former Andhra Pradesh Governor N D Tiwari, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed his plea and decided to adjudicate a paternity suit filed by a man claiming him to be his biological son.

A division bench headed by Justice Vikramjit Sen dismissed the plea of Tiwari, who sought dismissal of the petition on the ground that it was filed 31 years after the petitioner was born in order to malign his character.

Rohit Shekhar, grandson of a former Union minister, filed the suit claiming that he was born out of a relationship between his mother Ujjwala Sharma and Tiwari, a charge denied by the 84-year-old Congress leader.

The court, which had earlier hinted that Tiwari might have to undergo DNA test to decide the issue, set aside a single bench order which had dismissed the paternity suit filed by Sekhar, a law graduate, on the ground that the suit is time barred and not maintainable.

"Since the rejection or repudiation of parentage by him occurred in Delhi, it is meritless to contend that court has no jurisdiction," the division bench said, adding "the plaint is replete with incidents which have transpired at his residence in Delhi."

The court also rejected Tiwari's contention that Sekhar should have filed the petition within three years after becoming major in 1997.

"Human relation cannot be treated in the same manner as commercial or civil transaction. An infidelity by a spouse is condoned by a subsequent conjugation," the court said while directing all parties to appear before the single judge on April 7 when the suit will be heard on merits.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, March 18, 2010, 00:39


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