Jaleel Hassankutty of Kanjirappally, Kottayam, who claimed that Vasudev, an inmate of a child home run by the Sai Nikethan Trust in Kochi is his missing son, won the first round of his legal battle when the Kerala High Court on Thursday ordered a DNA test for proving his claims.

Justice T.R. Ramachandran Nair directed the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology to take expeditious steps to collect the blood samples of the petitioner and Vasudev and conduct the test. The court asked the centre to file a report before the court after the test.

Vasudev, who appeared in person, told the court that he was willing to undergo a DNA test. Counsel for Sai Nikethan Trust also submitted that the trust did not have any objection to a DNT test being ordered. In his petition, Mr. Hassankutty sought a directive to conduct a DNA test as the picture of the inmate resembled his missing eldest son. He saw the picture in a newspaper. is request to the trust authorities and the police to take steps to ascertain the paternity of Vasudev had not been heeded. His two-and-a-half-year-old son had been missing from the courtyard of his house since September 20, 1996.

The boy told the court that he was willing to undergo

a DNA test.