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Tiwari loses paternity battle to son Shekhar

Tiwari loses paternity battle to son Shekhar
The veteran Congress leader Narayan Dutt Tiwari on Friday lost the long-drawn paternity suit filed against him by his biological son Rohit Shekhar. In a first case of its kind in the country, a DNA test involving a senior politician has confirmed that the petitioner is the biological son of the former Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand chief minister. Tiwari had from the being opposed the paternity suit on the grounds it was personal matter.

Shekhar has been fighting the legal battle in the Delhi high court to prove that he was born out of relationship between his mother Ujjwala Sharma and the 87-year-old Tiwari. Disclosing the result of the DNA test conducted at the Hyderabad-based laboratory, Justice Reva Khetrapal said, 'As per the report, Tiwari is reported to be the biological father of Rohit Shekhar, and Ujjwala Sharma is reported to be the biological mother.'

Justice Khetrapal's order came after a division bench of the acting chief justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw dismissed Tiwari's appeal against the single judge's 19 July decision, saying 'Not opening the DNA report may lead to a lengthy process'.

Tiwari, however, maintained his stand that it was a personal matter and requested the media not bother him on the matter. He refused to meet the waiting mediapersons at his Forest Research Institute bungalow in Dehradun. In a press note circulated in the Uttarakhand capital, where Tiwari leads a retired life, the veteran politician said, 'I have the right to live my life on my own terms. It's not correct to interfere in anyone's personal life. This case is my personal business, so I appeal to all the leaders of all the parties not to make it an issue.'

The veteran also alleged conspiracy behind the paternity suit filed by the law graduate Shekhar. 'Due to my simplicity, at this point of my age, my trusted people hatched a conspiracy against me in a planned way. I have no remorse against them. My sympathy is with Rohit Shekhar. I also have no grudge against Rohit Shekhar,' the note said.

The Congress, meanwhile, kept its distance, with the Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna telling mediapersons in the Dehradun that 'it was a personal matter of Mr Tiwari and the questions be put to him'.
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