Paternity suit: Tiwari fails to appear despite HC direction

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday “closed” Congress leader N D Tiwari’s right to lead evidence in a paternity suit against him after he failed to appear before the local commissioner for cross-examination in the case despite its direction.

Retired additional district judge S M Chopra, appointed as local commissioner by the High Court for recording of evidence daily in the paternity suit, referred to the court’s direction to Tiwari to appear before him. 

The local commissioner remanded the matter back to Justice Vipin Sanghi before whom the suit is pending. Appearing for Tiwari, his counsel Bahar-U-Barqi told the commissioner that his client “is not well and at present he is in Lucknow and unable to travel to Delhi.”

Justice Sanghi had on Monday directed that in case he (Tiwari) does not turn up on Tuesday, his right to lead evidence will be concluded.

Rohit Shekhar, 32, who claims to be Tiwari’s biological son, filed a caveat through advocate Vedanta Varma in the court, saying that in case Tiwari moves against Justice Sanghi’s order, the court should not pass any interim order without hearing him (Shekhar).

The HC on Monday had rejected Tiwari’s plea for deferring his cross examination  saying he is “publicly active”, and directed him to depose here on Tuesday as scheduled.

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