ND Tiwari's DNA test has confirmed that he is the biological father of Rohit Shekhar, the 32-year-old man who filed a paternity suit against him.
Mr Shekhar had taken Mr Tiwari to court in 2008, claiming that he was Mr Tiwari's son. The former Andhra Pradesh Governor and veteran Congress leader denied that he fathered Mr Shekhar. The DNA test was ordered by the Delhi High Court to settle the matter. This morning, the court rejected Mr Tiwari's appeal that the result of the DNA test be kept confidential.
Mr Tiwari, who is a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal, had moved both the High Court and the Supreme Court yesterday seeking to keep the test report confidential till the conclusion of hearing in the paternity suit against him. He was appealing against a July 20 High Court order which said the DNA test results would be made public today.
On July 20 too, Justice Reva Khetrapal had dismissed Mr Tiwari's plea that the report be kept confidential saying, "You cannot misinterpret the Supreme Court order. It was for the purpose of collection of blood sample for DNA test."
The Congressman had tried different legal routes to avoid submitting a blood sample. He finally did furnish a sample on May 29 this year at his Dehradun residence, following a court order. The High Court had directed Mr Tiwari to undergo the DNA test on April 27. Mr Tiwari was also fined Rs 25,000 for delaying legal processes.