The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked veteran Congress leader N.D. Tiwari to appear before it on June 1 and give his blood samples for DNA test to ascertain a 31-year-old man’s claim that he is his biological son.
“Let all the persons concerned (Tiwari, Rohit Shekhar and his mother Ujjwala Sharma) appear in person on June 1 (in the court’s dispensary) to give their blood samples for the requisite DNA test,” Joint Registrar Deepak Garg said.
The court, which had earlier issued notice to the chief medical officer of the Delhi High Court dispensary, was on Tuesday informed that a doctor has already been appointed to collect blood samples of three persons, including 85-year-old Tiwari.
The court clarified that the Congress leader and the mother-son duo will have to bear the cost of the DNA tests at the Centre for DNA, Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) at Hyderabad.
The court, meanwhile, asked the counsel for Mr. Tiwari to pay Rs 75,000 to Mr. Rohit Shekhar as a fine, which was imposed on him for making a plea to the court to delete a paragraph from Mr. Rohit’s paternity suit, within a week.
Earlier, the court had sought assistance from its dispensary’s CMO to discuss the modalities for taking blood samples of Mr. Tiwari, Mr. Rohit Shekhar and his mother Ujjwala.
The CDFD had earlier sent its response along with the blood collection kit to the court for taking the blood samples of the three persons including Mr. Tiwari.
The court had sought the CDFD assistance in fixing modalities for DNA test of Mr. Tiwari to ascertain the claim of Mr. Rohit Shekhar that he is the Congress leader’s biological son.
The response of the laboratory was required as to how it would go about the test and how much time will it take in ascertaining the outcome, Mr. Garg had said.
The Joint Registrar would record evidence to enable the regular court to decide the plea of Mr. Rohit Shekhar.
Justice Gita Mittal had modified an earlier order asking CDFD, instead of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), to conduct the DNA test.
Keywords: Tiwari case