After an ultimatum by the Supreme Court, former union finance minister, veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari on Tuesday gave his blood sample on a paternity suit filed by a 32-year-old man claiming to be his biological son.
“I have been struggling for the last five years and now we will get justice,” said 32 year old Rohit shekhar, who has filed the paternity suit. Shekhar’s mother Ujjawala Sharma was also present when blood sample was taken at Tiwari's residence cradling in the green campus of Forest Research Institute (FRI) here. Ujjawala Sharma too had been claiming that Shekhar was born out of a relationship with Tiwari.
In the presence of Dehradun district judge Raj Krishna, the blood sample was collected by a medical team of Dr B C Pathak, a pathologist and a lab technician in front of Joint Registrar of Delhi High Court R Gopalan and lawyers of Tiwari, Sharma and Shekhar.
Flinders Technology Asso-ciates (FTA) card was used for the collection of blood sample, the latest and the safest procedure for blood sampling, doctors said. The blood sample was later sealed and handed over to Gopalan, who would submit it before the court for its DNA profiling.
Coming out of the residence of Tiwari, Shekhar said since Tiwari has finally given his blood sample, he is hopeful that justice is not far now. “I will now get justice irrespective of the final outcome,” said Shekhar.
Sharma said Tiwari fully cooperated while giving the blood samples, which would now be sent to a forensic laboratory in Hyderabad for DNA examination.
Shekhar had filed the paternity suit in 2008 in Delhi High Court seeking its direction to declare Tiwari as his biological father. But since then Tiwari had been denying the claim of Shekhar and also refusing to give his blood sample.
The Supreme Court on May 24 rejected his plea seeking to maintain confidentiality and ordered him to provide his blood sample to decide the paternity suit.