New Delhi: The Supreme Court, on Monday, will hear Congress leader N D Tiwari's plea seeking stay on the Delhi High Court's order asking him to undergo a DNA test in a paternity suit.

Challenging the High Court order, Tiwari pleaded before the Apex Court for immediate stay on the ruling as the process of the DNA test has already been set in motion by the court in the three-year-old paternity suit filed by a 31-year-old man claiming to be his biological son.

A bench of justices Aftab Alam and R M Lodha will take up the appeal in which he has submitted that the High Court order was a violation of his right to privacy and will cause irreparable loss to him.

In his 31-page appeal, the former Governor of Andhra Pradesh submitted that such tests were not 100 per cent accurate and cannot be relied upon.

A single-judge bench of the High Court had on December 23 asked Tiwari to undergo a DNA test on the paternity suit filed by Rohit Shekhar who claims to be Tiwari's biological son born out of the leader's alleged relationship with his mother Ujjawala Sharma.

The court had asked him to undergo the test saying that wider interest of a child of not being declared a "bastard" has to be kept in mind.

Tiwari, who was forced to resign as Governor in the midst of allegations of sexual misconduct, had countered the charges claiming that he never had any physical relationship with Ujjawala, who is also a Congress activist, and Shekhar was not entitled to seek a DNA test as a matter of  right.

 

(Agencies)