Jolt to Tewari: DNA test report likely to be made public

Dehra Dun: All eyes in Uttarakhand are on July 27, when the DNA test report of a Hyderabad-based forensic laboratory is to be opened in the Delhi High Court, in the paternity case filed by Rohit Shekhar claiming veteran Congress leader to be his biological father.

It may be recalled that the laboratory had submitted the report to the Delhi High Court some days back in a sealed envelope. However, the former Uttarakhand chief minister and Andhra Pradesh governor had filed a petition in the Delhi High Court pleading against making the report public.

However, the Delhi High Court turned down the petition today, indicating that the report in all likelihood will be made be made public on July 27, when the case is to come up for hearing. Tewari, in his plea had also said that the DNA test should be announced, only if it was proved that Rohit’s mother, Ujjwala Sharma, did not have access to her estranged husband at the time she became pregnant.

It may be recalled that Tewari had reluctantly given his blood sample following directives of the Court, but not before he had opposed the matter even in the apex court. The blood sample was taken by a team of high officials and medical persons. Rohit and Ujjwala had also given their blood samples for the forensic test.

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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