New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued a contempt notice to Congress leader ND Tiwari for defying its order asking him to give his blood sample in a paternity suit filed by a 32-year-old claiming to be his son.

Justice Geeta Mittal, referring to her September 23 judgment in which she had termed Tiwari's refusal to give blood sample 'wilful, malicious, unreasonable and unjustified', issued the notice, returnable for February 14.

The court asked Tiwari “why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against defendant (Tiwari) for his deliberate, wilful disobedience of the court's order”.

Justice Mittal issued the notice four days after conceding that the 85-year-old leader cannot be physically compelled to give his blood sample for DNA test as per the court's order last year.
 
The court issued the contempt notice to Tiwari on a plea filed by Rohit Shekhar, who claims to be Tiwari's biological son born out of the veteran politician's relationship with Ujjwala Sharma.

The court in May asked the veteran leader to appear before it June 1 and give his blood sample for DNA test to ascertain Shekhar's claim.

After Tiwari failed to appear and give his blood sample, Shekhar in July moved the high court for initiation of contempt proceedings against the politician.

On Tuesday, the court directed Shekhar, his mother Ujjwala Sharma and her former husband B.P. Sharma to appear before the joint registrar October 20 to give their blood samples for DNA test.

The court has also appointed a local commissioner to record evidence of Ujjwala Sharma and Tiwari.

“On November 20, the duo will record their evidence in presence of the local commissioner,” the court said.

(Agencies)