The Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to allow a plea by senior Congress leader N.D. Tiwari that he should be cross-examined in a paternity suit at a place other than the Court complex.

The suit had been filed by Rohit Shekhar seeking a decree to declare Mr. Tiwari his biological father.

Justice Vipin Sanghi rejected Mr. Tiwari’s plea saying that he would undergo the cross-examination by counsel for the mother of Rohit Shekhar and later by Shekhar in the Court premises itself as he did not make this plea earlier when the other witnesses were cross-examined in the matter there.

As earlier Rohit Shekhar and his mother Ujjawala Sharma were cross-examined in the Court complex, he too should be cross-examined by the mother-son duo at the same place, Justice Sanghi said in his order.

Mr. Tiwari had given to the Court the option of two places, U.P. Sadan and Jawaharlal Nehru National Youth Centre here, where he could be cross-examined.

The Court asked Mr. Tiwari to appear before the Court-appointed Local Commissioner on October 8 for the cross-examination on day-to-day basis. It also directed Mr. Tiwari to file an affidavit in evidence within a week of the order.

The Local Commissioner had concluded evidence in the matter on August 21 after Mr. Tiwari’s continued refusal to file an affidavit in evidence.

Later Justice Sanghi had closed the evidence on the basis of the report of the Local Commissioner.

Justice Sanghi on Wednesday gave Mr. Tiwari the last opportunity to file an affidavit in evidence on his request.

A test has already matched the DNA of Mr. Tiwari, Rohit Shekhar and his mother. Justice Reva Khetrapal had pronounced the gist of the DNA matching of Mr. Tiwari, Mr. Shekhar and his mother Ujjwala Sharma in the open court in 2012.

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