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Cong distances itself from DNA report issue involving Tiwari

PTI  New Delhi, July 27, 2012
First Published: 18:47 IST(27/7/2012) | Last Updated: 18:48 IST(27/7/2012)

Congress on Friday distanced itself from the issue of a DNA report declaring party veteran ND Tiwari as the biological father of Delhi-based youth Rohit Shekhar in a paternity suit, saying it was "personal" matter.

"We should not talk about somebody's personal issue like this. This is someone's personal issue. The party has nothing to do with it. This question in personally related to Tiwari. He can answer it in a better way," was the refrain of party spokesperson Rashid Alvi.

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He was responding to a volley of questions on the Delhi high court declaring the result of the DNA test conducted at the Hyderabad-based laboratory. The court said as per the report, "Tiwari is reported to be the biological father of Rohit Shekhar and Ujjwala Sharma."

In his appeal, 87-year-old Tiwari had pleaded with the court to protect his "right to reputation".

The court, however, rejected his plea not to open the DNA report before a single judge bench adjudicating the paternity suit of the 32-year-old city youth who had contended that Tiwari was his biological father.

Alvi refused to make any further comments on the issue saying it is not proper to comment on a matter under investigation or before a court.

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