Delhi HC issues contempt notice to N D Tiwari

United News of India

New Delhi, September 27, 2011

The Delhi High Court today issued a show cause notice to veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari asking him why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him for not obeying its orders by which he was directed to give blood samples for a DNA test to ascertain paternity claims made by a youth against him.

Thirty-two-year-old Rohit Shekhar had claimed that Tiwari, who has served as Union Minister, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and Governor of Andhra Pradesh, was his biological father and asked the court to intervene to get it established by conducting a DNA test of the leader.

Justice Gita Mittal directed the petitioner, Rohit, to appear with his mother Ujjwala Sharma and her former husband B P Sharma before the joint registrar on October 20 to give their blood samples. The court wanted to clear its doubts and ascertain that Rohit is not the son of B P Sharma.

Mr Tiwari had refused to give his blood samples saying that he cannot be forced to give his blood for the DNA test.

The court had recently, on September 23, in its judgement on the plea of Mr Tiwari, that he cannot be forced to give blood samples, held that "the Congress leader's refusal to submit blood samples is wilful, malicious, unreasonable and unjustified" and issued him notices for February 14 to reply whether his refusal may be treated as probability of being the father of the petitioner.

Mr Tiwari had refused to obey the High Court order and failed to appear before the High Court dispensary on June 1 to give blood sample.

Rohit then moved the Court against Mr Tiwari to book him under the contempt of court proceedings as he had failed to appear for the DNA test.

The court appointed a court commissioner to collect the evidence from Ms Sharma and Mr Tiwari on their relationship and fixed November 28 for hearing the evidence.

The court also directed Mr Tiwari once again today to appear before the joint registrar along with Rohit, his mother and Mr Sharma to give his blood samples for DNA profiling so that no objections are raised later by him in the future on the court's orders.

The court fixed February 15, 2012 to decide on the contempt petition after it hears the evidence collected by the court commissioner from both the parties. The court had earlier warned the Congress leader that his persistent refusal to give blood samples will lead to the presumption that he is the father of the petitioner.