New Delhi: Following is the chronology of events in the paternity suit filed by 32-year-old Rohit Shekhar in which the Delhi High Court today declared that he is the biological son of veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari:
Sept 13, 2007: Rohit Shekhar files paternity suit in the Delhi High Court.
Apr 11, 2008: Due to technical flaws, fresh suit filed.
Nov 25, 2008 : Single-judge bench of Justice J Reva Khetrapal summons then Andhra Pradesh Governor N D Tiwari to appear in person in her chamber on December 16. Tiwari challenges single judge order under provisions of the CrPC exempting governor from coming to court.
Nov 3, 2009: Single-judge bench of Justice S N Dhingra dismisses Shekhar’s case on technical grounds of limitation and jurisdiction.
Mar 17, 2010: Division bench of justices Vikramjit Sen and Manmohan Singh overrules single judge order and allows Shekhar’s case to proceed as his residence was in Delhi.
Apr 7, 2010: Single-judge bench of Justice J R Midha asks Tiwari to respond on photographs placed on record by Shekhar and his mother Ujjwala Sharma.
Dec 23, 2010: Single-judge bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat directs Tiwari to give blood sample for DNA test.
Feb 7, 2011: Tiwari files appeal and division bench of justices Vikramjit Sen and Siddharth Mridul upholds order for giving blood sample.
Mar 18, 2011: Tiwari moves Supreme Court which refuses to stay the matter of conducting DNA test.
2011: Hyderabad’s CDFD lab sends kits for blood samples of Tiwari, Ujjwala and Shekhar before HC joint registrar.
June 1, 2011: Ujjwala and Shekhar come to give blood samples but Tiwari backtracks.
2011: Tiwari appeals before single judge that he cannot be compelled to give blood sample.
Sept 23, 2011: Single-judge bench Justice Geeta Mittal says Tiwari’s refusal is unjustified and malafide but he cannot be compelled to give blood sample.
Apr 27, 2012: Shekhar challenges the order before division bench of HC comprising acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw which sets aside the single-judge order.
Apr 27: Tiwari asked to comply with court order and on refusal, blood sample to be taken with police help.
May 1, 2012: Supreme Court refuses to entertain Tiwari’s appeal and directs him to comply with its earlier order.
May 14: HC directs Tiwari not to leave the country before giving blood sample and orders CDFC lab to send kits.
May 16: HC directs Tiwari, Ujjwala and Shekhar to be present before its joint registrar on May 21 for giving blood samples.
May 26: Ujjwala and Shekhar give blood samples before joint registrar. Tiwari moves Supreme Court vacation bench that he should not be compelled to give blood sample against his wish.
May 24: SC rejects his plea and granted permission that his blood sample will be taken at his Dehradun residence in the presence of district judge of the state, civil surgeon, pathologist, HC joint registrar, Ujjwala and Shekhar.
May 29: Tiwari’s blood sample taken in Dehradun and sent to CDFD lab.
July 2: HC receives report of DNA test from the lab.
July 20: HC dismisses Tiwari’s plea for keeping the DNA test report confidential.
July 24: Tiwari moves SC. Matter could not be listed for hearing.
July 27: HC rejects his plea not to open his DNA report.
July 27: HC opens DNA test report, says Tiwari is the biological father of Shekhar.