Tiwari to move Supreme Court against paternity DNA test case

Dehradun : Veteran Congress leader Narain Dutt Tiwari, rather than acceding to the directives of the Delhi High Court and undergo the DNA test, has decided to challenge the orders in the Supreme Court.

It may be recalled that a bench of the Delhi High Court comprising acting chief justice A C Sikri and Rajiv Sahai had yesterday allowed the use of police to force the former Uttarakhand chief minister and Andhra Pradesh governor to give his sample to ascertain the claim of 32-year-old Rohit Shekhar that Tiwari is his biological father.

However, Sanjay Joshi, officer on special duty to the 85-year-old Congress leader said that the veteran Congress leader had decided to appeal against the High Court order in the apex court.

Though claiming that they had all respect for the High Court orders, he said that Tiwari would be moving the Supreme Court against the order.

Meanwhile political circles here are agog with rumours regarding the reasons for the fuss Tiwari is making to undergo the DNA test.

Though some were of the view that he had the freedom and right to oppose the test, majority felt that it was in Tiwari’s interest also to undergo the test, as it would clear the doubts once and for all.

They were of the view that the veteran Congress leader, who came very close to being the Prime Minister of the country, had he not lost the Nainital Lok Sabha seat, had held various political offices including chief minister of Uttar Pradesh the biggest and most populated state of the country and ironically and stints in the union ministry.

It was only during his tenure as governor of Andhra Pradesh that he had fingers pointed at him following a sting operation which was aired on a certain electronic channel that showed a person in a compromising position with some females in the Andhra Raj Bhawan, which the channel claimed was Tiwari.

Following the furor that was raised in the media, Tiwari is said to have submitted his resignation though there were reports that the party high command had asked him to resign following the media onslaught due to the sting operation.

A journalist with over 40 years of experience, Jagdish Bhatt is Editor Hill Post (Uttarakhand). Jagdish has worked with India's leading English dailies, which include Times of India, Indian Express, Pioneer and several other reputed publications. A highly acclaimed journalist, Jagdish is a recipient of many awards, latest being the 2011 Development Journalism Award. He lives in Dehra Dun.

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