Notice to Tiwari on paternity issue

In the courtroom: Former AP governor asked to respond by February 9
Last Updated 08 January 2010, 19:29 IST

A Bench headed by Chief Justice A P Shah asked Tiwari to give his response by February 9 on the suit filed by Rohit Shekhar, 30, seeking its direction to Tiwari to declare him his biological father.
Shekhar has challenged before the division bench the ruling of a single-bench which had dismissed his petition on the ground of its maintainability.

Justice S N Dhingra had on November 3 last said the suit filed by Shekhar was not maintainable and allowed the plea of 84-year-old Tiwari, then Governor of Andhra Pradesh, who had sought dismissal of the petition.

The court had said it has no territorial jurisdiction to hear the case as Tiwari was in Hyderabad and a suit against him could be filed only in that city.
Sekhar preferred to file the appeal after Tiwari resigned and came back to Delhi, where he has a permanent residence.

Tiwari was forced to resign in the wake of an alleged sex scandal showing him in a compromising position with three women.

Shekhar has claimed he was born out of an intimate relationship between his mother Ujjwala Sharma and Tiwari, a charge denied by the latter. In his reply, Tiwari had refuted all the allegations and submitted that the suit was filed to malign him.

Raj case
The SC on Friday ordered for transfer of seven cases registered against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray in Bihar, Jharkhand and other parts of the country to the district courts at Delhi for his alleged hate speeches against North Indians in January 2008 for further hearings.

A bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan said all proceedings relating to these cases would be heard by a magistrate in Tis Hazari court.

Prepaid mobile ban can’t be revoked
The Centre on Friday informed the Supreme Court that its decision to impose a  ban on prepaid mobile services in Jammu and Kashmir could not be revoked now due to security reasons, reports PTI from New Delhi.

“It is due to the security reasons that the ban on prepaid mobile services has been imposed,” Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium told a bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice B S Chauhan. An affidavit in this regard was placed before the bench which asked the petitioner to file its reply and posted the matter for hearing on January 25. 

(Published 08 January 2010, 06:02 IST)

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