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More than a year after DNA test report established N D Tiwari as the biological father of a youth, the senior Congress leader on Wednesday denied having "any kind of relations with the youth's mother" and said the paternity suit is a "political conspiracy" by his opponents.
Filing his evidence by way of affidavit before the court-appointed Local Commissioner, Tiwari said "I was not having any kind of relations with the defendant 2 (Ujjwala Sharma) especially physical, emotional or even sexual."
"It appears the entire suit has been brought up out of the deep-rooted conspiracy hatched by my political opponents so as to settle political scores."
On a law suit filed in 2008 by Rohit Shekhar, 32, claiming Tiwari as his biological father, the high court had directed the former Andhra Pradesh Governor to give blood sample for DNA test.
Tiwari had given blood sample for DNA test on May 29, 2012 at his residence in Dehradun following the apex court's order in the case, after repeatedly contesting against undergoing the test on various grounds.
In his affidavit, 88-year-old leader Tiwari said "the plaintiff (Rohit) is not my natural son out of any physical, emotional or sexual relations with his mother as I was having no relations of whatsoever nature at any point of time with her..."
Tiwari rejected the DNA test report against him saying "mere placing on record the certified copy of the DNA test report is not enough. Even the test was not conducted according to requisite requirements of conducting the same. I, therefore, deny the same."
Claiming that he was leading a blissful life with his legally married wife, Tiwari alleged it is a concoction by Rohit's mother.
".....We, being a childless couple, were fond of children and kept inviting a lot of children to our home and spent happy moments with them," he said adding "the DNA report is just based on a chance....The DNA report is not proved by Rohit or his mother according to law.
Dismissing the photographs produced by Ujjwala Sharma, Tiwari said "....no photograph established even close relation of mine with defendant 2 (Sharma)."
Tiwari contended the suit was to tarnish his image and the allegations are "absolutely obnoxious" and sought the paternity suit to be dismissed by the high court.
On September 18, the high court rejected Tiwari's plea to hold his cross-examination at a place other than the court complex while giving a last opportunity to him to file his affidavit in evidence before the Local Commissioner.
Retired Additional District Judge S M Chopra was appointed by the court S M Chopra for recording of evidence in the paternity suit.
The court had also asked him to appear before the Local Commissioner on October 8 for cross examination.
On August 21, Chopra had concluded the recording of evidence after Tiwari had failed to file his affidavit in evidence.
Tiwari had neither filed his evidence nor appeared for the cross-examination in the case.
The leader has so far refused to settle the lawsuit out of court through mediation saying there was a possibility that even the medical evidence was not hundred per cent accurate.
The high court had on July 27 last year read out the DNA report in the case as per which Tiwari was shown as Shekhar's biological father.
Source : Indian Express
Confirmed: DNA test proves ND Tiwari is Rohit Shekhar’s father
July 27, 2012
New Delhi : A DNA test has conclusively proved that Congress leader ND Tiwari is the father of Rohit Shekhar, who had filed a suit claiming to be Tiwari’s biological son in 2008.
Tiwari had on 29 May furnished his blood sample for the DNA test at his residence in Dehradun following orders of the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court after four years of a protracted legal battle.
On 24 May the Supreme Court directed Tiwari to give his blood sample and dismissed his appeal against the Delhi High Court order which had ordered him to undergo the DNA test, saying that police force could be used to compel the 86-year-old leader to give the sample if he continued to refuse.
Justice Reva Khetrapal declared the result of the DNA test conducted at the Hyderabad-based laboratory in the open court and said as per the report, “Tiwari is reported to be the biological father of Rohit Shekhar and Ujjwala Sharma is reported to be the biological mother.”
Speaking after the verdict was read out, Shekhar said that he would exercise all his legal rights in the matter.
“I am not the illegitimate son, he is my illegitimate father,” Shekhar said.
The veteran Congress leader on the other hand was circumspect and said that while he would respect the court’s verdict, other people should not waste time on a private matter and should instead use their energies for the progress of the nation
“I have always respected the process of law and will always respect the decision. I want to make it clear that this is a fight for ego and selfishness between two parties. People are unnecessarily getting themselves involved in this,” Tiwari said.
“I have never wanted any dispute in any issue. I at this age am being framed in this organised controversy,” he said.
“I have no complaints against the persons who have filed the complaint against me….I have complete sympathy for Rohit Shekhar,” the statement said.
He also appealed to people not to publicise the matter and respect his privacy since the matter was a private one.
“I have full rights to live as I want and appeal to all that this is my personal matter. It is not good to interfere into someone else’s personal life. Do not give any importance to it,” he said.
The Hyderabad-based Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics recently submitted DNA reports of Tiwari, Rohit and his mother Ujjwala Sharma in court.
Earlier today, the court refused an appeal by Tiwari, asking that the result of the test be kept confidential till the conclusion of the hearing. Tiwari, had also requested the court to allow in-camera proceedings.
He said Rohit and his mother were “leaving no stone unturned to get the report unsealed and make it public to attract undue media attention without completion of trial”.
Source : First Post