The Delhi High Court today rejected veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari’s plea to keep his DNA report secret and hold in-camera hearing of the paternity suit of a youth claiming to be his biological son.
Justice Reva Khetrapal dismissed N D Tiwari’s application saying the Supreme Court’s May 24 order to maintain confidentiality was for the purpose of collection of blood sample for the DNA test and the transmission of the report to Delhi High Court but not for the purpose of trial.
“You cannot misinterpret the Supreme Court order. It was for the purpose of collection of blood sample for DNA test..,” Justice Khetrapal said and fixed July 27 to open the DNA report.
In his application, 87-year-old N D Tiwari had claimed that the apex court’s order had provided for keeping the DNA report confidential till conclusion of the trial of the paternity suit.
“Direct all concerned to comply with the directions passed by the Supreme Court…and let the DNA report be completely sealed and kept confidential till conclusion of entire trial or alternatively, till reasonable appropriate stage in the suit,” Tiwari had said in his application.
Tiwari had given blood sample for the DNA test on May 29 at his residence in Dehradun following a Supreme Court’s order in the case.
Referring to one of the Supreme Court orders, Tiwari’s counsel Bahar-U-Burqi said it has been made clear that the DNA report will remain confidential till the conclusion of trial.
The lawyer also said “plaintiff (Rohit) and his mother are leaving no stone unturned to get the report unsealed and make it public to attract undue media attraction without completion of the trial.”