Rohit Shekhar, son of late Uttarakhand chief minister N D Tiwari, died on Tuesday in New Delhi, police said. Shekhar, who fought and won a long drawn paternity suit against his father, was brought dead at Max hospital in Saket, DCP South Vijay Kumar confirmed.
In a statement, the Max hospital said that they received the emergency call at 04.41 pm and an Ambulance ferried Shekhar to the hospital, who was declared “brought dead”. Shekhar was a resident of Defence Colony in Delhi.
Expressing his condolences, Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat tweeted “peace to the departed soul and courage and strength to the bereaved family members to bear the loss.”
After years of denial, Tiwari publicly accepted then 35-year-old Shekhar as his son in 2014. Shekhar had filed a paternity suit against Tiwari in Delhi High Court in September 2007. A DNA test ordered by the court has established Tiwari as Shekhar’s biological father.
On May 29, 2013, Tiwari had given his blood sample for a DNA test at his residence in Dehradun following a Supreme Court’s order after contesting against undergoing the test on several grounds repeatedly.
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“What is important is that the Rohit Shekhar vs N D Tiwari case has set a precedent. It has told the patriarchs that you can’t just get away with anything. All I want to do now is to put this behind me, wake up fresh in the morning, do my pranayam and practise my music,” Shekhar had said after the acceptance.
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