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Tiwari paternity row: 'BP Sharma not Rohit's father'

delhi Updated: Feb 15, 2012 21:48 IST

A DNA report, placed before the Delhi high court on Wednesday, said that Rohit Sekhar, who claimed to be veteran Congress leader ND Tiwari's biological son, was not fathered by the man whom his mother had married.

The report of the Hyderabad-based Centre for DNA, Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) on DNA profiling of Rohit, his mother Ujjawala Sharma and her husband BP Sharma was placed in a sealed cover before justice Reva Khetrapal and was read over by a court staff in the packed courtroom.

BP Sharma is not the biological father of 31-year-old Rohit whose DNA profile matched with his mother Ujjawala, the report of the laboratory, which was asked by the court to conduct tests on them including Tiwari, said.

The development may buttress the allegation of Rohit that Sharma was not his biological father and it was Tiwari who fathered him.

Tiwari, however, did not obey the court's direction and chose to contest the order to undergo the DNA test saying a person cannot be compelled to give evidence against himself that too in a civil case.

During the hearing, justice Khetrapal on Wednesday asked the counsel for Tiwari to file his response to the contempt plea of Rohit for "deliberate disobedience" of its earlier order asking him to provide his blood sample for the DNA test to decide the paternity suit.

The court then fixed the matter on March 30 for filing of response by Tiwari.

However, justice Gita Mittal, the predecessor judge, had earlier said that Tiwari cannot be compelled to give his blood sample and at best, the denial would be held against him at the time of appreciation of evidence in the case.

Rohit had challenged the order before a two-judge bench of the high court.