New Delhi, May 16(ANI): The hearing of the four-year old paternity suit filed against veteran Congressman N. D. Tiwari is scheduled for today in the Delhi High Court.
Tiwari is expected to inform the court about his decision to furnish his blood sample for a DNA test to verify whether he is the biological father of 32-year-old Rohit Shekhar, as claimed by the latter.
The high court had on Monday asked Tiwari to inform it within two days as to whether he would voluntarily give his blood sample, or should police force be used to obtain it.
The court also prohibited Tiwari from leaving the country till he provides his blood sample.
The former Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand chief minister was earlier directed by the high court and the Supreme Court to furnish his blood sample for the DNA test.
Justice Ms. Reva Khetrapal, while announcing her order, also directed the Hyderabad -based Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) to send “requisite kits” for the DNA test to the court’s registrar.
“It is deemed expedient that the time of two days be granted to defendant no. 1 (Tiwari) to inform whether he voluntarily wants to give blood sample for the DNA test or the court will have to take recourse to police force. List the matter on May 16,” Justice Khetrapal said.
The court also dismissed the plea of Tiwari’s counsel to grant him a week’s time to obtain further instructions on the matter from the 86-year old Congress leader.
“I cannot keep the matter pending as the issue has finally been decided by a division bench of this court and by the Supreme Court and nothing remains to be decided,” the court said, adding, “Either you make a statement that Tiwari will not leave the country or I will restrain him,” Justice Khetrapal said. (ANI)