New Delhi, July 20 (IBNS): In yet another blow to senior Congress leader ND Tiwari, the Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed his plea to keep the report of his DNA test confidential till the conclusion of hearing of a paternity suit filed by a Delhi-based man.
The court also rejected his plea to hold in-camera proceedings in connection to the paternity suit filed by Rohit Shekhar.
Justice Reva Khetrapal dismissed the plea and also said that the DNA report will be opened in the court on July 27.
Tiwari had earlier moved the Delhi High Court seeking its direction to keep the report of his DNA test confidential besides holding in-camera proceedings in connection to the paternity suit.
Tiwari said in his application: "Direct all concerned to comply with the directions passed by the Supreme Court, and let the DNA report be completely sealed and confidential till conclusion of entire trial or alternatively at reasonable appropriate stage in the suit."
"Pass appropriate directions to conduct entire trial and all proceedings relating to the civil suit in-camera," he said in his plea.
Under the instructions of the Supreme Court, a doctor and a court official visited the house of Tiwari on May 29 in Dehradun and collected his blood samples almost by force for a paternity test.
Hyderabad-based Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics have submitted the DNA reports of Shekhar, his mother Ujjawala Sharma and Tiwari in the court recently.
Shekhar claimed he was the 86-year-old Tiwari's son born to Congress activist Ujjwala and wanted a declaration to that effect.
Shekhar had claimed that Tiwari began neglecting him and his mother after 1995 and refused to meet him after becoming the Uttaranchal chief minister. He wanted a DNA test to confirm that Tiwari is his biological father.
Tiwari is no stranger to controversy surrounding his personal life.
Tiwari's five-decade-old political career came to a virtual end after a news channel in 2009 showed clippings of an elderly man purported to be Tiwari in bed with three young women in the Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad.
A few days later, Tiwari resigned as the Andhra Pradesh governor citing health grounds.