DEHRA DUN: Left with no option but to obey the Supreme Court order, veteran Congress leader, Mr N D Tiwari on Tuesday gave his blood sample for DNA test following a paternity suit of a man claiming to be his biological son.
Eighty six-year-old Mr Tiwari, who has for months refused to give his blood sample despite directions from courts on a paternity suit by 32-year-old Mr Rohit Shekhar, complied on Tuesday, the deadline set by the Apex Court for it.
Ms Shekhar and his mother, Ms Ujjawala Sharma were also present when the blood sample was taken at Mr Tiwari’s residence in Forest Research Institute campus here. The blood sample, which took more than four hours to collect and seal, was later handed over to Joint Registrar of Delhi High Court, Mr R Gopalan, who will submit it before the Court for DNA profiling.
“Tiwari fully cooperated with the officials when he gave the blood sample,” said Dr B C Pathak, Chief Medical Superintendent of Government Doon hospital, who was part of the team that collected the sample. Mr Gopalan, Dehra Dun district judge Mr Raj Krishna and Mr Tiwari’s lawyers were also present.
On coming out of Mr Tiwari’s residence, Mr Shekhar expressed hope that he would get justice, now that the Congress leader has given his blood sample. “I am hopeful that I would now get justice,” said Mr Shekhar.
The Supreme Court had on May 24 rejected Mr Tiwari’s plea that he was too old to give his blood sample. “It does not mean that blood is not running in his body,” the bench had said. “If you are so clean you go and give your blood sample. Can the order of the Court be flouted only because of the stature of a person,” a bench comprising Mr Justice Deepak Verma and Mr Justice S J Mukhopadhaya had said.
The paternity suit was filed by Mr Shekhar in 2008 in Delhi High Court seeking its direction to declare the Congress leader as his biological father. Mr Tiwari had been directed to make himself available at his home in Dehra Dun on Tuesday before the district judge and a local civil surgeon to be accompanied by a pathologist.