Rejecting veteran Congress leader ND Tiwari’s plea, the Delhi High Court on Thursday directed him to undergo a DNA test to ascertain the veracity of a young man’s claim that he is his biological son. Justice S Ravindra Bhat said, “There is imminent need for him to give blood sample to conduct the scientific test.” The court turned down the 85-year-old former Andhra Pradesh Governor’s plea that he cannot be forced to undergo the DNA test, saying it is the right of a child to know his or her biological father. “…It is not in the interest of the child to be declared a bastard,” the court said.
Justice Bhat passed the order on a paternity suit filed by 31-year-old Rohit Shekhar, claiming to be biological son of Tiwari. In his order, Justice Bhat said there is need for a conclusive finding to establish the paternity of a child through scientific test. The judge said that the larger interest of the child has to be taken into consideration while deciding such cases. “Wider interest of child not being declared bastard has to be kept in mind,” the court said.
Referring to Supreme Court verdicts, Justice Bhat said, “There is no violation of the right to privacy of third party (Tiwari) by directing such test.”
“The court is of the opinion that there is imminent need to give blood sample (by Tiwari) to verify paternity of a young man claiming to be his son,” he said.
The court also referred to Rohit’s foster father B P Sharma who had voluntarily undergone DNA test and it was found that Rohit is not his biological son.
The court asked Tiwari, Rohit and his mother to appear before the Joint Registrar for completing the formalities regarding the medical test.