Tiwari: HC refuses to keep DNA report secret

The Delhi High Court rejected veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari’s plea to keep the result of his DNA paternity test secret.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:July 21, 2012 1:10 am

The Delhi High Court Friday rejected veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari’s plea to keep the result of his DNA paternity test secret. The report will be opened on July 27.

Tiwari,87,underwent a DNA test on May 29,as ordered by the Supreme Court,to verify the claims,or otherwise,of Rohit Shekhar that the former chief minister was his biological father.

Tiwari had pleaded that the report be kept “confidential” and proceedings in the case held in-camera “as directed by the Supreme Court”.

Justice Reva Khetrapal,however,rejected the plea,saying the Supreme Court’s May 24 order to maintain confidentiality was for the purpose of collection of his blood sample for the DNA test and transmission of the report to the high court but not for the purpose of trial. “You cannot misinterpret the Supreme Court order,” the judge said.

Tiwari’s counsel also contended that the report be kept sealed as the “plaintiff (Shekhar) and his mother (Ujjawala Sharma) are leaving no stone unturned to get the report unsealed and make it public to attract undue media attention without completion of the trial”.

Shekhar’s counsel countered,saying Tiwari was adopting “delaying tactics” by initiating another round of litigation.

RAW officer held on extortion charges in J&K

A raw officer and two others have been arrested by the CBI for allegedly extorting money from a local youth in a sensitive border area of Jammu and Kashmir.

Dinesh Kaul,posted by RAW in RS Pura in Jammu region,and the two others — Rinku and Sehdev — who acted as conduits,were allegedly extorting money from the youth by threatening to implicate him in some false cases.

The CBI arrested the three on Thursday night and produced them before a court.

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